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I have a studio apt. for rent separate from the main house.

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I have a studio apt. for rent separate from the main house. The renter would use the guest bath in the main house as well as have access to laundry and kitchen areas. Can the renter deny use of the guest bath when they are not physically present in their studio apt but has possession of the key to the studio apt?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 6 months ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

A tenant typically has exclusive use of and possession of rented areas, unless the lease says otherwise. If your lease agreement states that the renter will be sharing the bathroom, laundry, and kitchen areas with other people in the main home, that is binding and he cannot keep other people out of the bathroom. The best way to avoid an issue is to get a written lease that makes the terms clear. You could even have the tenant initial that clause to indicate understanding that the bathroom is shared.

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Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 6 months ago.

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