Under what circumstances may a landlord enter rental property?

Typically, a landlord has the right to legally enter rented premises in cases of emergency, in order to make needed repairs, or to show the property to prospective tenants or purchasers.

Several states allow landlords the right of entry during a tenant's extended absence (often defined as seven days or more), to maintain the property as necessary, and to inspect for damage and needed repairs. In most cases, a landlord may not enter just to check up on the tenant or the rental property.

States typically require landlords to provide advance notice (usually 24 hours) before entering a rental unit. Without advance notice, a landlord or manager may enter rented premises while a tenant is living there only in an emergency, such as a fire or serious water leak, or when the tenant gives permission.

To find out how much notice a landlord must give a tenant before entering, check your state's landlord-tenant statutes.

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