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My property has a main house and an in-law 1BR cottage in the back of the property.  The cottage is legal (I have copies of the building permits).

My family lives in the main house.  My bedroom window has a full view of the cottage which is only 20 feet away from the main house.

I had been renting this out to a part time renter (he worked in the area for 2 weeks and then would leave for 2 weeks) for reduced rent and electric and gas are on separate meters and were in his name. I provided basic cable and internet. I did not charge for water (rookie mistake).  I also did not know until after our agreement was signed that my city charges me for two connection fees for both water and sewer, even though we only have one connection for the entire property (legal since it's in the city ordinances).

Unfortunately, my renter is moving out and now my family and I are trying to discuss whether we should pursue trying to rent it out full-time to a long term renter or possibly as a monthly rental.  We live near a University campus that seems to have several listings for rooms and houses for rent for visiting doctors and professors to the area that only stay for 3-6 months so that may be a viable possibility.

My main concern is: Do I have any additional rights since we live on the same property as the cottage?  I am nervous that I may unintentionally do something that causes a tenant to have the right to sue or write something illegal in the agreement.

My standard restrictions are: no smoking on the property, no pets, designated parking spot, renter responsible for having renter's insurance.

Can I have further restrictions regarding noise during late hours? firearms? guests?

My current renter was something of a ghost and the only way I noticed if he was here was if his vehicle was present or when he paid his rent.  I am going to miss him.

Any advice is welcome.


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The only additional "right" you may have is access to the yard, if it shared and not fenced off..  You need to treat this just like any other rental.


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What I've found through my research is that you can limit having gatherings over X number of people (except with landlord's approval) and you can limit noise during certain hours (do a goole search of apartment rules and you'll find examples or noise rules).

The only thing I would really question is whether you can limit firearms. That would take some research or talking to a lawyer (or two since it may not be very clear cut).

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Are you wishing to require the tenant to have a firearm?  I doubt you can do that.  Under the second amendment- you can not restrict them from having a firearm if they legally can do so ( not a felon etc)

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