Can a landlord tell you who can come visit you at the residence?
My landlord is trying to tell me and my wife that my brother-in-law isn't allowed to come over to our house and visit us. My brother-in-law is a prior felon who has served his time in the TX penal system and no documents have ever been procured by the landlord or local authorities regarding criminal trespassing or anything to that effect. My landlord told my wife that if he finds out that he's at the house that we will be out. Is this legal or not?
As a tenant, you are permitted to have guests at the premises. Unless there is a specific clause in the lease that you have with the landlord that states no people with felony records are permitted on the premises or identifies this particular person that cannot come on the property, the landlord has no valid basis for excluding this person where the person has not done anything unlawful on the premises and/or is not committing a crime/violating a court order by being on the premises. If you have a month to month lease however, you need to be careful. The reality of the situation is that the landlord may try to evict you if you have a month to month lease and will be able to do that at the end of any given month. If you have a written lease and you want to renew it, the landlord may refuse. I suggest that you be careful and try to talk to the landlord about your guest so that he does not take action that ultimately affects you. If you have a written lease and receive an eviction notice, hire a lawyer immediately to review its validity.