Is it right for my landlord to forbid others from visiting me when they have done nothing wrong?

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Is it right for my landlord to forbid others from visiting me when they have done nothing wrong?

I had a verbal agreement with a relative that I could live in a house owned by her, no rent. I have been living here for over a year now. However, she is now trying to forbid my two friends from visiting on weekends for her opinionated reasons, claiming they have been influencing me to smoke and drink when I am the only one of legal drinking age and have been smoking for over a year, and they have been visiting on weekends only for the past few months. My friends have done nothing but help me improve living conditions here. Is it legal for her to restrain them? If so, how do I prevent this?

Asked on August 29, 2011 Virginia

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In all landlord tenant situations, when there is a lease, the landlord as a matter of law gives up possession of the rented unit to the tenant and has no say as to who can or who cannot visit the leased property provided the visitors are obeying all laws and are not creating damages to the unit and are not disturbing adjoining neighbors.

In your situation, since you are being allowed to stay at your relative's home for no rent under a verbal agreement, your living situation is more as a "guest" as opposed to a tenancy. A "guest" is essentially a person who has no legal obligation to pay any rent or do anything to allow him or her to stay in the unit owned by another. A "guest" is like a visitor to one's homewho can be asked to leave at any given time.

Since you appear to be a guest in your relative's home paying nothing to stay, your landlord seems to have the right to forbid others from visiting you at her home if he or she does not want them there.

Good luck.

 


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