Landlords have the right to reasonable access to the leased premises.

If the landlord enters your rental unit for no reason or disturbs you at night, he or she may be breaching the lease. The landlord does have the right to enter rental premises occasionally for reasonable purpose including inspection and maintenance, repairs, or to show the property to potential buyers or renters.

Reasonable also means that the landlord should come at a reasonable time, give you advance notice first, and should knock first—unless there is an emergency. If there is an emergency such as broken water pipes or smoke detectors activated, then the landlord has the right to enter immediately without prior notice. If the lease states that the landlord may enter without notice during reasonable hours, the tenant may have no right to require advance notice. However, if the landlord or the landlord’s employees repeatedly enter without notice, send the landlord a letter requesting a minimum of 24 hours advance notice prior to entry in a non-emergency situation.

Keep a copy of the letter and send the original by certified mail, “return receipt requested”. Although the landlord is not obligated to comply with your request for the advance notice, common courtesy would encourage the landlord to give the tenant notice prior to entering the rental unit. If the landlord does not adhere to the general standards as outlined above and repeatedly enters the rental unit without notice, the landlord may be cited for trespassing. Call the local police department for more information.

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