In the Buffyverse, vampires cannot enter the residence of a person if not invited. How does this change if the tenant of a residence changes or the tenant has a new residence. Specifically:

  1. A vampire is invited to the residence 1 of inhabitant A. Inhabitant A moves to residence 2. Is the vampire still considered invited to residence 2 or does the inhabitant have to reinvite him before being able to enter?
  2. A vampire is invited to the residence 1 of inhabitant A. Inhabitant A moves out and a new inhabitant B moves in. Is the vampire still considered invited to the residence 1, even though the inhabitant has changed?
  • @Valorum Then what's to stop a vampire from catching some random human out in the open and forcing them to say "I invite you (and all vampires) into all buildings on Earth."?
    – Showsni
    Apr 29, 2022 at 12:41
  • @Showsni - Because the human needs to consider the place their residence. A random human wouldn't be able to invite a vamp unless they started living there.
    – Valorum
    Apr 29, 2022 at 18:07

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We're told (in Buffy: Real Me) that a vampire can only enter a property when it's invited in by someone that lives there.

XANDER: Uh, yeah, actually, she -- Harmony -- kind of happened to sort of get an invite.

BUFFY: You guys can't invite her in. I mean, only someone who lives here can-

Buffy: Real Me

The barrier on the property ceases to function if and when the human residents die and, critically to your question, a new barrier is erected if a new set of human occupants takes up residence in a property that was previously accessible to the vampire, as seen in Angel: Heartthrob, where Angel, who was previously able to do a room-by-room check of the Hyperion, is now suddenly barred from entering Fred's room.

Angel: I can't come in.

Fred: Of course not. You're worn from your trip. You go rest. We'll catch up later.

Angel: Fred, I want to talk to you, I just can't come in unless you...

Fred: I invite you. Instead of being rude! Oh, come in. Come in.

Note also that mere ownership or technical residence of the property isn't sufficient to bar a vampire from entry, as seen in Buffy: The Freshman where vamps enter Buffy's dorm room freely, as contrasted with Buffy: The Yoko Factor where, a few months later, Angel needs an explicit invitation to enter the same room now that she's accepted it as where she lives (which also addresses your point #1, since he had entry rights to her house in Sunnydale, but not to her dorm room)

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