The terms, “tenant” and, “occupant” aren’t interchangeable when leasing property, as each has a different standing in a rental transaction.
Tenants sign a contract containing terms that bind them to certain obligations under the lease. The lease agreement is between the landlord and tenant only.
Occupants are authorized to reside in the property with the landlord’s permission. Occupants do not have financial responsibility for the lease, nor are they entitled to tenant’s rights that might be afforded under the law.
Some of the aspects of these differences come into play are:
The landlord has the ability to approve or deny “occupant” status for adults that will occupy their rental property. Children and other dependents not…