Let's say a POTUS is elected who lives with a friend. They're basically family, whether they be his girlfriend, or just his bro, or whatever. Would they be allowed to live with them as part of the "first family"? Or must they be related more or less?

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    Are you asking if the POTUS can up his mates on the couch in the white house? Jun 10, 2017 at 21:54
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    I'm asking what the rules are for who is and isn't allowed to live in the white house with the POTUS.
    – Tirous
    Jun 10, 2017 at 22:57
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    "just bro" - cough Willian R. King cough
    – user4012
    Jun 11, 2017 at 16:59
  • This is a great question. For a less extreme example, could the POTUS allow their grandchildren to live in the WH? How about one particular favorite grandchild? How about nieces and nephews? Third cousins? The sister of someone who was briefly married to the POTUS's fourth cousin's stepbrother? Is there a specific written policy enumerating "allowed" relatives (e.g. spouse and full-blood children only) or is this pretty much regulated by public opinion? Feb 2, 2022 at 14:43

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During the Bill Clinton administration, there were allegations that he was selling access to the Lincoln Bedroom. So he released a list of visitors:

The release lists 404 “family members, friends and supporters, public officials and others” who have spent the night at the White House or the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland since Mrs. Clinton effectively launched her campaign last July in New York.

Making the List

The list is broken into five categories: “Arkansas Friends,” “Longtime Friends,” “Officials and Dignitaries,” “Arts and Letters and Sports,” and “Friends and Supporters.”

So there don't seem to be any limitations.

It's possible that the Secret Service may have some ability to reject visitors or residents for security reasons. But they don't publish any criteria on that.

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