Q&A: Rules for Live-In Boyfriend

Q I have lived in a unit for the past three years. I am planning on having my  boyfriend move in with me in a few months. Are there any community or state  rules or regulations that will prevent this from happening? I own the unit but  would I have to let the management know he is living there?  

          —Settling In  

A “In general, Florida law does not limit who can live with you in your  condominium,” says attorney Matthew Z. Zifrony, Esq. of the law firm of Tripp Scott in Fort  Lauderdale. “Your condominium association, however, may have some limitations. If it does,  they would be found in your association’s declaration of restrictive covenants. Some declarations classify anyone that  lives in the unit other than the unit owner as a tenant while others will allow  certain people (e.g., the owner’s spouse, family member, boyfriend) to occupy the unit as if they were the  owner. If the declaration of your association classifies your boyfriend as a  tenant, it may impose restrictions on whether a tenant is permitted to occupy  your unit, who the tenant can and cannot be, how often a tenant can occupy your  unit, etc. It also may require you to obtain the association’s approval prior to his moving in. My suggestion is that you ask your management  company whether your declaration applies to your situation. If they say that it  does, then you should ask them to point out the applicable sections so that you  can read them and understand them. If they say that it doesn’t, then you may want to send them a letter that confirms your conversation. Make  sure that you save a copy of that letter in case your association ever tries  changing its position.”