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Last week, I received the following question from a reader:

I am considering renting a room out in my home. I was creating a list of “rules”… and wanted to ask you if it was okay to ask that the tenant not bring any guests to the house. I’m a single woman and prefer not to have “strangers” coming in and out of my house. Thanks!

She’s apprehensive about renting out a room to a stranger and even more wary about this roommate having guests over because the guest is a complete unknown.   So to mitigate the risk of the unknown, she wants to enforce a “no guest policy.”  Here was my take on the “no guest policy.”  If you enforce such policy you must also abide by it.

From the roommate’s perspective, if you enforce this policy and don’t allow any of their friends over, but you’re allowed to bring over all the people you want because it’s your house, your roommate will view this as unfair, which may be the cause of arguments down the road.

So if you set the expectation that “no guests” are allowed, tell your roommates that you’re also not going to have guests over.

  • krantcents April 29, 2013, 1:34 pm

    I think you can ask for anything you want, itis your home. Just recognize the tenant may leave because of your request.

    • Mike April 29, 2013, 5:41 pm

      Agree, you can do anything you want since you’re the homeowner including the choice to rent or not rent out your room, but what I’m saying is that if you do impose rules, you should follow your own rules or else your roommates may think of your behavior as hypocritical. This behavior on your part could lead to arguments down the road, which is what you ultimately want to avoid.


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