For the protection of the quiet enjoyment of all households in our apartment communities, we have adopted a standardized guest policy that is enforced at all residential property managed by Lightner Property Group. This policy is applied consistently and uniformly throughout our housing communities in a nondiscriminatory fashion.

Basic Guest Policy

The standard guest policy is simple:  A household may have up to two guests per lawful bedroom in the apartment unit at any one time, subject to certain overall limitations.   Residents in our studio units, where there are no separate bedrooms, are allowed to have one guest at any one time, subject to the same overall limitations. 

The larger your home, the more guests you may host at a single time.  However, no single guest (individual) may stay longer than 14 consecutive days.  Collectively, no household may have guests for more than 30 days per year per guest slot in any calendar year. 

This policy purposefully balances the fact larger units will generally have an increased number of occupants with an increased probability of more family members or friends, with the rights of the building occupants to not have  an unlimited number of strangers passing in and out of the hallways or common areas, disturbing their quiet enjoyment. 


Examples of the Guest Policy in Action

By way of example, for a one-bedroom apartment, a resident may have two guests for up to 30 days each, or one guest for 60 days. However, the visits may not exceed 14 consecutive days, without advance written permission from management (see below). In a studio apartment, there may be one guest for collectively up to 30 days per year, subject to the 14-day limitation. In a two-bedroom apartment, there may be up to four guests at any one time. However, each visitor is subject to the 14-day limitation. Overall, there may not be guests for more than the 30-day period per authorized guest. Again, in a two bedroom apartment, subject to the 14-day limitation, it would be possible to have serial guests for as long as four months, so long as no single guest violated the 14-day rule.


Guest Policy Waiver

On occasion, it may be necessary to request a waiver of the guest policy for good cause.  Good cause is defined as a medical problem or condition that requires live-in assistance for the resident or a closely related family member.  Any lawful original tenant may request that a closely related family member (defined as and limited to mother, father, sibling, spouse or domestic partner, child or grandparent) be granted permission for an extended stay of up to six months.

At the time the written request for a waiver is made, evidence of the medical problem must be submitted. If a doctor certifies that six months is insufficient time for the medical problem to resolve itself, additional time may be granted.  However, the request for additional time must be made no more than 60 days and no less than 15 days before the initial period is set to expire. The medical certification must be submitted with the request for additional time.

If a waiver is granted, the visiting family member and the resident will be required to sign the standard guest agreement in which the guest acknowledges their guest status and their limited rights to occupancy within the apartment unit. The resident must agree to be responsible for the actions of their guest.

Additional Keys

If the resident wishes their guest to have apartment keys, it is the responsibility of the resident to provide those apartment keys.  However, additional front door access will be provided subject to strict security guidelines, for the protection of all residents. 

When requested by a lawful recognized resident in writing (sub-tenants may not make a request for additional front door access), guests will be provided a temporary front door key or proximity card for the period they are an authorized guest.  Residents must, at the time they obtain the additional key or card, deposit with the owner or manager a $100 deposit for the key or card. This sum will be returned at the time the key or proximity card (in operable condition) is returned to management.

The proximity card will be preprogrammed to expire and will expire at the scheduled departure date of the guest. Guest keys and cards are subject to the same lost or stolen key or card policy provided to the resident. See the Key Policy link on our website Residents Q & A page.



This information is general in nature and may not be in effect at the building in which you reside.  To confirm the policy in effect at your building, you must contact Lightner Property Group.  This policy may be changed, modified or withdrawn without advance notice to residents or prospective residents and may not be in effect at all of the properties managed by Lightner Property Group. This policy is not legally binding on Lightner Property Group, its affiliates, clients or the property ownership and is not intended to supersede or modify any lease agreement, contract or other binding agreement. Residents or interested parties should check with the main office or the on-site manager, if the building has one, to confirm what policy is currently in place at the property in question.

Guests Policies may differ from building to building and owner to owner.