Landlords often run into situations when they need to enter their property to check on the conditions. In most situations, landlords provide notice to tenants prior to entering the property. However, there are situations when a landlord needs to get into the property and may not have time, or may not need, to provide notice to a tenant.
It is important to identify if your state has a statute pertaining to privacy protection. A reasonable clause is the best way to be clear with tenants about the reasons for entry, amount of notice, and the time in which entry can occur. Tenants need to address this with landlords to make sure they are protected. Some of the situations in which a landlord can enter include:
- When the tenant provides permission
- If there is an emergency
- Repairs or improvements are needed
- Showing property
- If the property is abandoned
In most states, the law states landlords need to provide 2 hours to two days’ notice prior to entering a rental unit. Rarely do landlords provide a short amount of time (such as 2 hours) as it is not considerate to the renter.
Is there a time specification on when landlords can enter a unit? Normal business hours are the most commonly followed landlord hours. Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are the reasonable hours for entering a unit.
Common Reasons Landlords Enter Property
A tenant can object to a landlord entering a property, but there are legal entries that the state law does protect including:
- Termination of lease
Working with a property management company is the best way to limit interactions with a tenant that may cause issues. Dealing with eviction can be one of the most difficult aspects of property management. Contact Keyrenter Property Management Metro to learn more about legalities related to entering a property.