Notice of Entry, and Other Rules Your Landlord Needs to Follow

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With the lease coming to an end, most landlords want to show the apartment as much as possible, which means they need a notice to enter to get into your place. They are eager to find new tenants, but the law says they can’t open your door and pop in for a tour at any time. They are also not allowed to show the apartment so many times that it causes a nuisance and disrupts your life.

If you are a renter, go ahead and read the rules for landlord entry so you know what to do.

Landlord notice of entry

Landlords are legally obligated to provide tenants with notice that they will be entering the premises – for whatever reason. Whether it’s showing the property to a potential tenant or fixing a leaky faucet, the law is clear: legal tenants have a right to enjoy their homes in peace.

“Landlords must provide reasonable written notice (generally 24 hours) of their intent to enter and only during normal business hours,” explains Bryan Zuetel, a REALTOR® and real estate attorney from Irvine, Calif. The 24-hour notice can be waived if the tenant is home and consents to the entry. Then, if the landlord shows up unannounced, it’s OK for the tenant to refuse entry.

If the landlord intends to rent or sell the house to someone new, they may ask you to allow additional viewings, Zuetel says. Depending on what’s in your lease agreement, you may have to comply.” For example, in some cases, a landlord may require a tenant to allow open weekend tours during normal business hours, and the landlord may provide verbal notice of entry to the tenant,” he says.

So if you’re concerned that your landlord is overstepping his or her boundaries, pull out the paperwork you signed. Landlords who follow these guidelines are likely to be safe.

How often can a landlord show an apartment?

The leasing law does not specify the maximum number of times a landlord is allowed to show an apartment to a potential tenant. It does, however, provide some protection for tenants.” Zuetel explains, “A landlord may not abuse access or use it to harass a tenant.

This may sound vague, but if you do feel that your landlord is abusing access and bothering you on a regular basis, you should try to talk to them first before calling an attorney. Letting them know you’re stressed from all the showings and asking for a few days off – that seems more reasonable,” says Holly Pasut, a real estate agent with Hines and Associates Real Estate in Cornelius, N.C. If that doesn’t help, you can seek legal action.

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