Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

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Question: Does my landlord have the right to tell me who can come to my house

Answer: The short answer to your question is no. I always recommend consulting the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act found here: https://housing.az.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/AZ%20Residential%20Landlord%20and%20Tenant%20Act%20-%20Revised%20July%203%202015.pdf Generally, except as set forth in your written lease if you have one (you should consult it as well), a landlord may only make rules subject to the following statute: 33-1342. Rules and regulations A. A landlord, from time to time, may adopt rules or regulations, however described, concerning the tenant's use and occupancy of the premises. Such rules or regulations are enforceable against the tenant only if: 1. Their purpose is to promote the convenience, safety or welfare of the tenants in the premises, preserve the landlord's property from abusive use or make a fair distribution of services and facilities held out for the tenants generally. 2. They are reasonably related to the purpose for which adopted. 3. They apply to all tenants in the premises in a fair manner. 4. They are sufficiently explicit in prohibition, direction or limitation of the tenant's conduct to fairly inform the tenant of what the tenant must or must not do to comply. 5. They are not for the purpose of evading the obligations of the landlord. 6. The tenant has notice of them at the time the tenant enters into the rental agreement. B. A rule or regulation adopted after the tenant enters into the rental agreement is enforceable against the tenant if a thirty day notice of its adoption is given to the tenant and it does not constitute a substantial modification of the tenant's rental agreement. C. If state, county, municipal or other governmental bodies adopt new ordinances, rules or other legal provisions affecting existing rental agreements, the landlord may make immediate amendments to lease agreements to bring them into compliance with the law. The landlord shall give a tenant written notice that the tenant's lease agreement has been amended, and the notice shall provide a brief description of the amendment and the effective date. The foregoing being said, landlords are required to impose crime-free addenda in their lease that may limit visitors that can come and what they can do. I'm not suggesting that this is the case here, but you should check your lease. In the end, no is the catchall answer. That answer may change if it is a specific, complex-wide (unless you live in a rental home) provision that can be said to promote the safety and welfare of all the tenants. If I were in your shoes, I would certainly dig deeper. Please note that I am providing general information based on the very limited information available to me.

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