A guest house is a business that rents out at least four rooms in a single building to guests.

They’re Also Known As One-Room Apartments Or Pensions.

Each tenant usually has their own room and agreement with the landlord. You may only be a guest for a few days, but another tenant may be there for three months or longer.

Having a guest house with four or more tenants at the same time necessitates a permit.

Guesthouse tenants may be protected in some cities and towns by state and local laws.

Boarding house residents have legal protections.

Their right to heat, hot water, and electricity is the same as that of all tenants.

In order to lock your room after just one day, one week, or one month of living in the facility, the landlord needs a court order.

The Following Responsibilities Fall On Guest House Owners:

For every 8 guests in the guest house, provide a bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower or bathtub.

Sharing a bathroom means cleaning it at least once every 24 hours.

Install smoke and heat detectors that go off automatically.

If there are six or more tenants, install fire extinguishers.

At least 80 square feet per person is required; if the room is shared, that number drops to 60 square feet per person.

Eradicate pests like rodents and cockroaches that are contaminating the environment.

Unless you caused the damage, make the necessary repairs for nothing.

If you need to enter your room to make repairs, ask permission first unless it’s an emergency.

Give you some space to breathe. Only you, an emergency, or a court order will allow your landlord entry into your room.

You are unable to secure your room with a lock.

To evict you, you must obtain a court order. Important! Your possessions cannot be taken away by the landlord even if you are evicted.

Rules to follow when using the kitchen

The landlord is not obligated to provide a kitchen for the tenants. However, if you do, make sure the kitchen is equipped with a sink, stove, oven, and storage space.

A kitchenette (a small kitchen) can be provided in a room with six to nineteen tenants. For a kitchenette, however, the room must be at least 150 square feet in size. The following items are a must-have in kitchenettes:

A hot plate is used to prepare food.


Run hot and cold water in the sink.

If the kitchen is shared with another tenant’s room, food storage space is required there as well.

In the room or in public areas, the proprietors may provide a microwave.


Your personal space as well as the common areas should be secure and clean. Ask your landlord to fix anything that’s broken if you notice anything. If a tenant asks their landlord to make repairs, he or she cannot be evicted. If you try to do this in retaliation, you are breaking the law.

Put your request in writing if your landlord refuses to fix a problem after you asked them to. You can also contact your local health board and make a complaint about the issue. After they’ve inspected the problem, they should give the landlord a report telling him what needs to be fixed.

If the problem persists despite repeated requests to the landlord, you may be able to pursue legal action depending on how long you’ve lived there.


It is possible for the landlord to file an eviction case against you even if you’ve only been a guest at the guest house for 30 days.

A 7-day eviction notice is required if you have lived there for more than 30 days and the landlord wishes to evict you.

The type of eviction notice you receive if you’ve lived there for three months or longer depends on the reason for your eviction:

a 7-day notice is required for any damage to property or nuisance behaviour.

Rental obligations require a 14-day notice period.

Other than that, give a 30-day notice.

If a judge orders your eviction, you must comply immediately.

If you’re facing eviction because of a disability, you can ask the court for a reasonable accommodation so you can stay.

If you need more time to find a new place to live, you can ask the court for it.

The decision of the court can be appealed.

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