What Are the Rules for Overnight Visitors in 55 and Older Apartment Buildings?

Rules regarding visitors staying overnight in designated 55-plus apartments vary among senior living apartment communities. Some senior apartment communities provide guest suites for visitors to stay in overnight and others allow visitors to stay for an extended period after residents consult with management.

Apartment communities designed for people 55 and older are mostly accommodating when it comes to visitors, but there may be limitations as to how many people can visit and how long visitors can stay. Some apartment communities have overnight guest suites that can be rented by visitors. Family and friends not staying overnight are usually welcome to visit residents anytime, and visitors can go into common areas, including dining rooms, restaurants, fitness centers and recreational facilities.

Pets are another common concern for people interested in moving into a 55-plus apartment complex. Many communities do allow smaller pets such as small dogs, cats and birds. Pets typically must have a non-aggressive nature and be up to date on vaccinations. There are several other things to consider before moving into a 55-plus apartment. For instance, some communities allow families with young children to move in next door to older residents, which may annoy people seeking to live around others only in their age group.