Can my landlord give consent for a search of my apartment?
Most states have laws that cover permissible reasons for landlords to enter tenants' homes in the absence of the tenants' permission. They may do so when there's a true emergency, such as a fire or gas leak, and when it's clear that the rental has been abandoned. But a request by a police officer to enter a rented home, without more, is no justification for the landlord to turn over the keys. The same is true for hotel operators. Of course, if the police return with a warrant, that's another matter--just as the tenant cannot refuse entry, nor can the landlord.
by: Janet Portman, Attorney
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