Can my landlord enforce a fee for overnight guests?
July 16, 2012 3:49 PM Subscribe
Can my landlord charge $5/day for overnight guests? This is an apartment, not a room in a boarding house.
posted by ablazingsaddle to Law & Government (39 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
You are not my landlord, or my lawyer, but at any rate:
I found a nice, cheap apartment with a roommate in Los Angeles. They're okay with my dog, it's a pretty nice place, and it's really cheap. My roommate and I gave ample proof of income, passed a credit check, and we are waiting for the landlord to draw up a lease to sign in the next day or two.
And then . . .
I spoke with the landlord today, and he mentioned that he has a strict no overnight guests policy, and that he will charge a fee of $5/day for each guest. Wait, what? He seemed somewhat flexible on the fee if we were discreet, but I'm really annoyed that it took him nearly two weeks to mention it (after we'd paid the security deposit, nach) and that this crazy-ass provision is in the lease to begin with.
My father, who is a landlord in another state, says that this is unenforceable, and that we should just sign the lease and worry about it later.
I'm worried that if we walk away from this apartment, we won't find another affordable place that will let me have a dog in the next week.
In short: Is this an enforceable clause in CA?