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Can a Landlord Tell You Who Can be at Your House?

  • Posted:  1 month ago
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As a tenant, you might often wonder what your rights are and, legally, what your landlord is allowed to do, or ask of you. Sometimes, this may extend to who is allowed to be in your house, whether they live there or are just a visitor. In this article, we discuss whether or not your landlord can legally tell you who is and is not allowed to be in your rented home. 

So, can a landlord tell you who can be at your home? Your landlord has the right to know of everyone that will be living at the property, and can legally specify in the tenancy agreement that visitors can stay no longer than 1 week. Landlords cannot tell you that you can not have visitors that will be visiting for less than this period. 

Read on to learn more about your legal rights regarding who can and cannot be at your home. 

Can a Landlord Tell You Who Can be at Your House?

Your landlord has the legal right to know of every person that will be living in your home, but they are not allowed to discriminate against any of these people based on the information that they provide. However, they must check that each person has the right to live in the UK.

The argument of whether or not a landlord can tell you who can be at your home appears to rest on if a person is a tenant, or occupier, or simply a guest that is not listed on the tenancy agreement. 

Tenants may have overnight guests but, legally, the guest doesn’t have the right to be there for longer than laid out in your tenancy agreement – most landlords specify no longer than 7-14 days. At this point, guests are considered illegal occupiers or even sub-letters, depending on the situation. 

Occupiers

Long-term guests that are legally allowed to be there are considered occupiers under a shorthold tenancy agreement. If your landlord finds out that you have allowed a guest to stay for longer than is specified in your tenancy agreement, and there is no agreement in place, your landlord is entitled to ask the guest to leave. 

This also applies if a guest is paying to stay at your property, or is contributing financially in some way, but has no legal right to stay there.  

Can a Landlord Tell you Who Can Visit?

If your guests will not be staying with you for longer than what is specified in your tenancy agreement, your landlord has no right to tell you who can visit, unless there is an illegal or immoral activity associated with the guest. 

Whilst they have no legal right to tell you who can visit, your landlord may request that you keep guests to a minimum in order to control noise. This is especially true of apartments. 

If illegal activity is associated with your guests, especially where drugs are concerned, not only does your landlord have the right to kick out your guest, but you risk being evicted, and even convicted. 

Can a Landlord Kick Out Your Guests?

If your landlord finds out that there are unauthorised long-term guests in your property, they have the legal right to ask them to leave. Similarly, if your guest breaks the law, damages your property, or is otherwise mixed up in illegal or immoral activity, your landlord can kick them out, and bar them from returning. Although, this can be difficult to enforce since landlords cannot turn up at the property unannounced

How to Avoid Conflict With Your Landlord Over Guests

To help you avoid conflict with your landlord over guests, we’ve provided a few tips below.

  • Whilst there is often no legal grounds for specifying who can be at your property, it would be a good idea to communicate with your landlord about what they are reasonably comfortable with. 
  • When beginning your tenancy, if it is not clear in your tenancy agreement how long guests can stay, clarify with the landlord or estate agent, and ask for it to be included in the agreement for future reference. 
  • When you have guests over, make sure that they don’t disturb neighbors with excessive noise and general rowdiness. Also, if there are any relevant rules in your tenancy agreement that you are held to, make sure your guests also follow these rules. 
  • If you wish to have a guest for longer than is specified in your tenancy agreement, it would be best to check that your landlord is okay with it first. 

Know Your Rights as a Tenant

At Valor Properties, we believe that it’s incredibly important that you know your rights as a tenant, as well as knowing what your landlord can and cannot legally do. Check out some of our recent blogs for more information, including: