There is a custom that many have to not eat by other peoples houses on Pesach. Seemingly it's even if they have the same chumras or perhaps even more chumras (what I've learned over time is not necessarily does someone have "more" chumras, could just be different chumras.)

My question is is such a custom mentioned or brought down any where in Seforim? Is this a relatively "new" custom? How old si it? I suppose it's a relatively "new" thing since perhaps eating by other peoples homes in general might be a new thing.

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    Re "eating by other peoples homes in general might be a new thing", note that eating at others' houses is mentioned in parashas Vayera. +1, though.
    – msh210
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 1:47
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    @msh210 I was considering the fact that let's say 300 years ago (or put any amount of time here) people probably ate at home or with their family and not "stam" going to "friends" houses. People probably only had enough food for themselves.
    – Yehoshua
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 6:34
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    @msh210, Yehoshua, "Kol Ditzrich Yeisei Veyifsach."
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 14:04
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    @SethJ People that don't have are usually not so makpid...
    – Yehoshua
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 15:09

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I don't know. But Rav El'azar Meir Teitz provided some data points (but the hyperlinks are mine):

The comment was made that there is "a minhag amoung many chassidim to not eat anywhere except in their own house."

This… was not restricted to chassidim; it was apparently the norm in Lita as well. My father z"l taught me to take nothing in another house on Pesach, and indicated that it was the accepted practice. Ylch"t, HaRav Michel Feinstein told us of the time Reb Chaim Brisker visited the Chofetz Chaim on Chol Hamoed Pesach, and the CC did not offer a cup of tea, so as not to embarrass RCB by making him refuse.

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