Can Relatives Stay For a Couple of Weeks in My Condo?

Q. My condo association has restrictions on rentals and requires leases to be at least for 30 days. My relatives want to come down this summer and use my condo for a couple weeks while I am away. Will this be allowed given the 30-day rule for occupancy? 

A. I would need to see the language in your condo documents to give you a better response, but typically restrictions on rentals will not prohibit you from allowing guests to temporarily stay in your unit. Unfortunately, many associations we represent deal with abuses in the rental process. Many owners will attempt to circumvent the rental application process by telling the association that the occupant is merely a “guest”. However, a true “guest” is someone who stays on a short-term basis and does not pay rent. If that is the case for your guests, then the rental restriction should not be a problem. To be sure, I recommend that you contact the management office to confirm what is needed, if anything, to register your short-term guests for occupancy. They may need parking passes or other temporary identification.

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