Can you evict a tenant for having annoying visitors?
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Can you evict a tenant for having annoying visitors?

| Jul 21, 2021 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

There is nothing worse than having a building full of tenants complaining that one of the tenants on the property is bringing in loud, dirty or otherwise disruptive guests. While most of the day-to-day rights of your tenant will need to stay intact, you should know that you may be able to take action if they continue to bring annoying, disruptive guests onto the property.

So, can you limit the tenant’s right to bring a specific guest to the property? Potentially. Here’s what you should do to help your other tenants and resolve this conflict.

  1. Check your lease

The first thing you have to do is check the lease. Did you discuss parties, how long a guest could stay before they would become a tenant, how may guests could come over at one time or other limitations? If you did, then that could help you stop some of the trouble. For instance, if the annoying guest has stayed in the property for two weeks, you could inform the resident that they’ll need to be added to the rental agreement at a fee. If they refuse, then the tenant may be in violation of the contract. You could, then, evict them.

  1. Consider a notice about the complaints

If multiple other tenants have complained about one or more of another tenant’s guests, you should take action and inform the tenant that the guest is causing trouble. Your tenant may not be aware of the issue, so addressing it head-on may get them to stop their guest from making issues for them. Explain that their neighbors have a right to the quiet enjoyment of their property.

  1. Ask other tenants to call the police over illegal acts

Does one tenant believe that the guest stole their property? Does another think that they are dealing drugs? They should involve the police to start a paper trail and to address any serious concerns about health or safety.

It’s not always easy to stop guests from coming to a property. If they’re really causing serious problems, check your lease, report the complaints and consider involving the law to resolve conflicts.