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Need clarification on a homeowner as a tenant vs a landlord.

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What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Utah
So I somewhat of a complicated question regarding what constitues a homeowner who is a tenant also or just a landlord.

I moved into a place in the middle of July and then in August the homeowner, who at the time lived there, got engaged. Due to wedding plans and the actual wedding she has been staying here on and off since the middle of August, never for more than 4-5 days since then. After the wedding both her and her husband have stayed at the house for 1 day up to 5 days. She has all her furniture at the house still, her room is still occupied with her stugg and one of the common areas is completly full of bags and boxes of her stuff and is therefore unavailiable for use. The homeowner/landlord is now claiming she has not been living there since the middle of August and therefore does not have to pay her share of utilities. And she is also planning on staying at the house for a week around thanksgiving.
I have three questions 1) is there any legal obligation for her to pay the past utilities, 2) can she legally come and go in the house as she pleases, staying for days at a time if she claims to not live there and 3) can she use common areas for storage
Just a few points from my lease: It states that her name(along with the other three tenants) as occupying the home. It says utilites will be equally shared among the tenants.
Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Senior Member
She's not a tenant, she's an occupant. And I'd say that the lease obligates her to pay her share of expenses unless she completely moves out and allows you to replace her with another roommate.

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