As provided under this section, a landlord may allow an individual to become a temporary occupant of the tenant’s dwelling unit. To create a temporary occupancy, the landlord, tenant and proposed temporary occupant must enter into a written temporary occupancy agreement that describes the temporary occupancy relationship.
The temporary occupant:
Is not a tenant entitled to occupy the dwelling unit to the exclusion of others; and
Does not have the rights of a tenant.
The temporary occupancy agreement may be terminated by:
The tenant without cause at any time; and
The landlord only for cause that is a material violation of the temporary occupancy agreement.
The temporary occupant does not have a right to cure a violation that causes a landlord to terminate the temporary occupancy agreement.
Before entering into a temporary occupancy agreement, a landlord may screen the proposed temporary occupant for issues regarding conduct or for a criminal record. The landlord may not screen the proposed temporary occupant for credit history or income level.
A temporary occupancy agreement:
Shall expressly include the requirements of subsections (2) to (4) of this section;
May provide that the temporary occupant is required to comply with any applicable rules for the premises; and
May have a specific ending date.
The landlord, tenant and temporary occupant may extend or renew a temporary occupancy agreement or may enter into a new temporary occupancy agreement.
A landlord or tenant is not required to give the temporary occupant written notice of the termination of a temporary occupancy agreement.
A temporary occupant shall be treated as a squatter if the temporary occupant continues to occupy the dwelling unit after a tenancy has ended or after the tenant revokes permission for the occupancy by terminating the temporary occupancy agreement.(11)(a) A landlord may not enter into a temporary occupancy agreement for the purpose of evading landlord responsibilities under this chapter or to diminish the rights of an applicant or tenant under this chapter.
A tenant may not become a temporary occupant in the tenant’s own dwelling unit.
A tenancy may not consist solely of a temporary occupancy. Each tenancy must have at least one tenant. [2009 c.431 §6 and 2009 c.816 §15; 2013 c.294 §5]FEES AND DEPOSITS