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configuration of the unit (for example, additional rooms, such as dens or studies, that could support more occupants), and other factors, such as physical limitations, like the capacity of a septic or sewer system. For example, it would be reasonable for two adult parents to share their bedroom with an infant child, so a landlord's occupancy policy that prohibits such a family from renting a one-bedroom apartment would likely violate fair housing laws.

A landlord generally cannot limit visitors as long as they do not disturb other residents or violate some other provision of the lease. You should use common sense concerning your visitors. For example, even if you are following your lease, you might want to avoid having the same visitor spend the night too many times in a row without the landlord's permission to avoid any accusations of having an unau- thorized occupant. Similarly, a visitor who receives mail or other deliveries at your premises might arouse suspicion of an unauthorized occupant. Although the landlord has the burden to prove a tenant has violated the lease in an eviction case, you may be wise to avoid these disputes from arising in the first place. It is often better to work things out with your landlord before the dispute ends up in court.


If you live in a complex with more than one unit with the same owner, same manager, and adjacent location, the landlord must provide you with written vehicle parking/towing rules and policies that apply, and must provide you with copies of any changes that occur to those rules and policies during the term of the lease. To make changes to the rules and policies during the term of the lease, the landlord must either obtain your written consent, or the changes must be based on necessity, safety, or security, and they must apply to all the tenants in the complex. Unless the changes are due to a construction or utility emergency, you must receive 14 days’ notice of the changes before they become effective. If a landlord does not follow these require- ments regarding parking/towing rules and policies, she may be liable for $100, any towing or storage costs that you incur if your vehicle is towed, plus your reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs. However, if you do not win a lawsuit based on parking/towing rules and policies, you may be liable to your landlord for her reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Regardless of whether the landlord gives you proper notice regarding parking/towing rules and policies, your landlord is liable to you for any damage to your car that results from the negligence of a towing service that the landlord hires to remove cars parked in violation of the landlord's rules and policies if the towing company that caused the damage does not carry insurance that covers the damage.


Normall , a written lease will last for a fixed period of time, typically six months or one year. The advantage of having a lease with a fixed


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