Entry by the Landlord to Rental Property

Legal limits to landlords entering your rental

Your rental unit is your home and ought to be respected as such. Here's an overview of state rules regarding landlord entry and your rights to privacy.

State Rules on When and How Landlords May Enter Rental Property

About half the states have statutes (laws written by state legislators) specifying when and how landlords may legally enter rented property. (See State Laws on Landlord’s Access to Rental Property for details.) In some states, your right to privacy may instead be the product of judge-made law and will be contained in court opinions issued by your state’s appellate courts. And, in some states, you’ll find that neither the legislators nor the judges have made law that protects the privacy rights of tenants. (In this event, your only hope is that your state constitution includes a broad right to privacy, which you can cite if you need to press the point with your landlord.)â

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