Reasons why a landlord should access a rental unit.

By Tenant

Every lease agreement has its own clause about the right of landlord to have access to do inspections on his rental unit every now and then with a notice 24-hours ahead. But that does not mean that the landlord already have a free pass to enter the rental premises anytime he wants to even without giving the tenants a notice first. Every tenant must read carefully the lease agreement before signing it and make sure that it specifies the right of the landlord for access to the unit with suitable reasons and limitations to where he can enter within the house.

To help you out, here is a list of allowable reasons for a landlord to enter your rental unit:

  • To make repairs or improvements. One of the responsibilities of the landlord to his tenants is to make sure that the rental unit is in good condition and is structurally stable for habitation. If there are any damages to the house that need repairs then the landlord can have access to the house given that he will provide a notice first before entering.
  • In case of emergency. The landlord can enter the unit if there is an emergency going on like for example there is a storm and the tenants left one of their windows open, the landlord can enter the unit and shut it down.
  • If given a permission. Many landlords like to schedule a once or twice annual walk though for inspection and maintenance of the house. Tenants who have landlords like this are quiet delighted. Just be careful though not to be too coerced to give your permission to a landlord who frequently wants to enter your house.
  • When you abandon the rental unit. Landlords can legally enter the unit once he thinks that the unit was abandoned. That normally means his tenant skipped out without giving any notice or returning back the key i.e. if your neighbors reported seeing you drive away with a moving truck.

Edited on: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 1:02 am

15 Responses to “Reasons why a landlord should access a rental unit.”

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March 13th, 2013 1:20 am

Can my landlord enter our apartment if we are away for a certain period of months on vacation?


March 13th, 2013 1:40 pm

How can you say that your landlord is already harassing you?


March 14th, 2013 2:00 am

So basically if the reasons my landlord gave me to enter the unit is not written here then he is not allowed to enter?


March 14th, 2013 2:20 pm

Can I just change the locks on my unit as a precaution?


March 15th, 2013 2:40 am

Is it illegal for my landlord to lock me out of my apartment if he thinks I skipped out?


March 15th, 2013 3:00 pm

Am I allowed to say no to my landlord asking for entrance on my apartment?


March 16th, 2013 3:20 am

Should my lease have a specific limit to the places my landlord can have access to?


March 16th, 2013 3:40 pm

Can I sue my landlord for trespassing even if he owns the apartment we are renting?


March 17th, 2013 4:00 am

What can I do if my landlord insists on entering the apartment even I already said no?


March 17th, 2013 4:20 pm

Landlords should stop harassing their tenants.


March 18th, 2013 4:40 am

I know this landlord who would ask for permission to enter saying that he is making an inspection yet he goes over my personal stuff for some reason.


March 18th, 2013 5:00 pm

Am I allowed to decline my landlord access to the bedrooms upstairs?


March 19th, 2013 5:20 am

Does the state law limits a landlord’s access to his rental unit?


March 19th, 2013 5:40 pm

Is there a way to know that no one enters my apartment if I am away?


March 20th, 2013 6:00 am

Thanks! This is very informative.


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