When May a Landlord Legally Enter an Occupied Rental Property?
When is advance notice required?
According to Marcia Stewart and NOLO Law for All, landlords may enter a rented premises only in the following circumstances: To make needed repairs, to show property to prospective tenants or purchasers and to determine whether repairs are necessary. Typically, a landlord may not enter just to check up on the tenant or the property. Most states require landlords to provide 24 hours’ advance notice before entering a rental unit.
In many states, a landlord or manager may enter the occupied premises without advance notice, only in a serious emergency such as:
- serious water leak
- serious gas leak
Several states allow landlords or property managers to enter a rental property during a tenant’s extended absence (often defined as seven days or more) in order to maintain the property as necessary and to inspect for damage and needed repairs. The entry laws vary by state, so make sure to check the states regulations for the area of the unit you are managing.