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extra renter (by Marlene [WI]) May 21, 2016 10:09 AM
       extra renter (by Robert,Ontario,Can [ON]) May 21, 2016 11:57 AM
       extra renter (by Taz [CT]) May 21, 2016 12:52 PM
       extra renter (by Don I [MO]) May 21, 2016 1:31 PM
       extra renter (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 21, 2016 2:49 PM
       extra renter (by Marlene [WI]) May 21, 2016 3:11 PM
       extra renter (by TAZ [CT]) May 21, 2016 3:49 PM
       extra renter (by Vee [OH]) May 21, 2016 4:09 PM
       extra renter (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 22, 2016 10:47 PM

extra renter (by Marlene [WI]) Posted on: May 21, 2016 10:09 AM

State Specific Question About: WISCONSIN (WI)

My renters, with four children, just asked me if the wife's sister could move in with them for a few months. She has a toddler. These people are very good renters and always pay the rent on time. Can I charge a nominal fee per month for an extra renter. They pay all the utilities. Would it be reasonable for me to ask $25 more a month. I don't want them to move out, but I also don't want them to think they can have an extra person, not on the lease, without any extra compensation for me. Should I require them to sign a new lease with this person as one of the ALL people living in this rental. I don't think she would qualify to rent this house on her own. --98.125.xx.xxx

extra renter (by Robert,Ontario,Can [ON]) Posted on: May 21, 2016 11:57 AM

If there are too many people for the house then this would be overcrowding which would not be allowed by most building and fire code rules. There should be no more then two people per bedroom. A basement is not considered a living area. If there ever is a fire then serious consequences can develop. So explain about the building and fire code rules. Most buildings and houses have load factors on the floors which is done by the number people allowed in the house or building. --74.220.xxx.xxx

extra renter (by Taz [CT]) Posted on: May 21, 2016 12:52 PM

I would not trust here saying "a few months". Obviously, sister is not capable of finding her own space so why would that change in just a few months. --32.211.xxx.x

extra renter (by Don I [MO]) Posted on: May 21, 2016 1:31 PM

"sister is not capable of finding her own space so why would that change in just a few months. "

Just to play Devil's advocate for a minute, I can see a few possible REASONABLE explanations as to WHY the sister needs a place. And NO I'm not saying that I think you should approve it.

1) did the sister just move here suddenly for a new job and needs to look for a place?

2) maybe sister was in an abusive relationship and is finally ready to move out - - but needs a plan as to WHERE she will live at least temporarily. --70.195.xx.xx

extra renter (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 21, 2016 2:49 PM

The occupancy limit established by HUD is two people per bedroom. Some states have different limits and I can't tell you what it is for Wisconsin. What size place are you renting? For it to be legal, the home would have to be pretty big --24.154.xx.xxx

extra renter (by Marlene [WI]) Posted on: May 21, 2016 3:11 PM

The house is 4 bedrooms, although I advertise it as a 3 bedroom and an office, so that would be only 2 people per bedroom. I'm interested in knowing if anyone has charged a nominal fee for an extra family like this.


extra renter (by TAZ [CT]) Posted on: May 21, 2016 3:49 PM

Yes, $25 is not unreasonable. In fact, you should charge $50 for two extra people. Get the sister's information and run a screen on her. Been down this road before. Had a single renter that I had for years and all of the sudden her cousin needed a place to live. It was supposed to be for a couple of months - that turned into almost two years. You should ask yourself how are you going to feel this situation if sister does not move out.


extra renter (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 21, 2016 4:09 PM

My lease says extras are 50 per person each month, my court introduced me to -grandmas summer vacation- this means anyone staying over 14 days in any 100 has to pay, I explain this with every lease signing. The bad thing is if a breakup from bad behavior boyfriend then you will be submitting repair bills for damages month after month, do not use the deposit until the unit is empty of all furniture, packages and food and your manager has the keys with locks changed. --76.188.xxx.xxx

extra renter (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 22, 2016 10:47 PM


I don't like this.

That's a lota people and I doubt she will stay a short time.

What I read here from other WI LLs is that WI eviction is difficult. If you allow her in, even as a guest, you may have trouble getting her out. Moochers gotta mooch.

You say they are good renters. Have you been inside lately to inspect?

My lease is clear: Occupancy fro the persons listed on the lease only. Additional roommates or spouses must submit an application and be approved by management before occupancy.

BRAD --73.146.xxx.xxx

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