Posted by Ace on March 27, 2001 at 17:58:05:
In Reply to: Re: Can landlord enter apartment whenever they want posted by Jimmy Legs on March 27, 2001 at 16:45:46:
The LL is counting on having complete right to enter the premises at any time. The usual time is 24 hour notice before entry and only for repair. LL can't be doing insta-inspections on just a whim and say he'll show up and then don't call. These are mind games and abuse of LL power.
LL wants to get cute then sometimes, just for tenant's own sanity, play within the same rules the LL claims he has. Keep meticiulous notes. Pay rent on time. In other words, don't give LL any other reason to be a jerk. Save money. And move.
Your Nolo post basically echoed my sentiments.
2. What are examples of situations when a landlord may enter, but only after giving the tenant reasonable notice?
Typically, a landlord has the right to enter rented premises after giving tenants reasonable notice in order to make needed repairs (or assess the need for them) and to show the property to prospective new tenants or purchasers. In addition, a landlord may enter rented premises in instances of abandonment (that is, when the tenant moves out without notifying the landlord) or by court order. A landlord may not enter just to check up on the tenant.
3. Assuming it is not an emergency, but the landlord has a valid reason to enter-for example, to make repairs-what kind of notice is required?
States typically require landlords to provide a specific amount of notice (usually 24 hours) before entering a rental unit. In some states, such as California, landlords must provide a reasonable amount of notice, legally presumed to be 24 hours. Landlords can usually enter on shorter notice if it is impracticable to provide the required amount of notice.
4. May a landlord enter a rental unit any time of day, as long as he's given the required amount of notice?
No. In most instances-except emergencies, abandonment and invitation by tenant-states allow a landlord to enter only at reasonable times, without setting specific hours and days. However, some states, such as California, require that landlords may enter only during normal business hours.
: here's a good run-down on the legality of landlord entry:
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