If I am a owner of a 37 unit rooming house, are my renters considered to be tenanats, residents, or guests?

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If I am a owner of a 37 unit rooming house, are my renters considered to be tenanats, residents, or guests?

Are my eviction procedures different from someone with a lease in an apartment? The people I deal with live week to week on a paycheck or collect disability or social security. It takes 6 weeks to just go to court to evict these renters.

Asked on January 24, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have a 37 rooming house and oral/written agreements with the people who are residing in the premises, they are technically tenants of the place in addition to residents and guests.

The term residents in the area of landlord tenant relations usually pertains to minor children and others who live in the rented premises on a day to day basis for an indefinite amount of time with the person who has the rental agreement with the landlord.

Guests are people who temporarily reside in a rented unit of a tenant. For example, visiting relatives for a few days.

The eviction process is essentially the same for tenants, residents and guests under most statutes of all states in this country.


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