Can a pseudo landlord legally tell me how I may live in their house? 6 Answers as of October 08, 2013

I currently am living with a family member who has life estate interest in a family home. While I am appreciative of a place to live while I am looking for work, I am contributing to utilities monthly in lieu of rent. Water bill and internet are in my name. As an example, can my family member tell me what windows I may open and when (even in "my" area), and can they walk into my room at any time? I am trying to determine what rights to...live my life in my own way...I have.

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Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
You are not a tenant. You are a licensee with less rights than a tenant.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/8/2013
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
If you are a tenant you have a reasonable expectation of privacy.. so no they should not be dictating some of the detail you describe.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/7/2013
Gottlieb & Goren, P.C.
Gottlieb & Goren, P.C. | Aaron W. Goren
No, but I doubt you'd get much help in Court to uphold your rights.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/7/2013
The Krone Law Firm, LLC | Norman B. Krone
You are living in someone else's home! You should follow their rules.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 10/7/2013
Law Office of Richard Winkler | Richard Winkler
I assume there is nothing in writing. They can legally do whatever you allow them to do. They can also ask you to leave.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 10/7/2013
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