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FAQ: I have a lease and a list of house rules. Do I have to follow these rules?

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FAQ: I have a lease and a list of house rules. Do I have to follow these rules?

After I signed the lease with my landlord, he gave me a two page list of "House Rules." I have not moved into the unit yet. Do I have to follow these rules?  

You need to read your lease. It is likely that your lease contains language in which you agreed to follow the landlord's House Rules Depending on the language of your lease, if you violate a House Rule, your landlord could terminate your lease and file action to evict you. Most courts will uphold a landlord's rules as long as they are reasonable. You should have been given a copy of the House Rules before you signed your lease. Read the rules carefully and if you object to any of them contact your landlord to discuss the matter before you move-in. If you strongly disagree with the House Rules, you could ask your landlord to let you out of your lease since you were not aware of them when you signed your lease.

Last Review and Update: Jul 25, 2011