With many people finishing up for the Christmas holidays, you might plan on having guests to stay while you're off - but if you rent your home, do you need to ask your landlord for permission?

Your tenancy agreement should have a clause which explains any conditions related to guests. For example, your tenancy agreement might say that you're allowed to have a guest stay for two weeks, but after this period you will need written permission from the landlord to allow them to stay any longer. The tenancy agreement might also specify if there's a limit on the number of guests who can stay in the property.

Please note that some tenancy agreements specify that if a guest stays for longer than a certain period then they will be considered a tenant. This will mean that they have to sign the tenancy agreement and pay rent. For example, the tenancy agreement may specify that any guest staying for more than two weeks in any six month period will be considered a tenant, rather than a guest, and must be added to the tenancy agreement.

When you invite guests into your landlord's property, you're responsible for their behaviour. If your guests cause any problems - for example, damage to the property, annoying the neighbours, etc. - your landlord or letting agent may restrict their access or issue you a warning letter. Your landlord or letting agent can also deduct money from your deposit if your guests breach any of the obligations in your tenancy agreement - for example, if they break something or make the property dirty.

If you are ever unsure if a guest can stay over or for the length of time then it's best to communicate with the landlord.