The challenge of how to deal with unauthorized tenants who are not on the lease for your rental property is the question for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and he is not offering legal advice. If you have a question for him please fill out the form below.
Dear Landlord Hank:
Do you have any recommendations for detecting whether a tenant is allowing someone to live in the unit with them?
It is stated clearly in the lease that unauthorized tenants are not allowed, but….
Dear Landlady Valerie,
Most leases include a clause concerning Right of Entry.
This clause basically says that you can inspect whenever you wish (within reason) with reasonable notice to the tenant via telephone, note on the door, etc. that you will be coming to inspect the property.
I would put such a note on the door or call the tenant and let them know that you are coming tomorrow morning to inspect.
Then you can check closets to see if there are another person’s clothing there or multiple tooth brushes, etc. You can find out fast and easy.
I’d take photos, just in case your tenant denies someone extra is living there – the more the better, so you have evidence if you have to go to court.
If you would feel more secure you could have a “burly” co-inspector with you. Good luck.