Worried that your landlord is snooping around your apartment when you’re not around, especially if you’re on vacation? Wondering if the property manager can just enter your place any time to make a repair that you haven’t requested? What are your rights when it comes to your landlord showing your apartment to prospective tenants when you’re moving out?
Read on to learn tenant rights when it comes to landlord access to your rental unit in Arkansas.
When Landlords May Enter a Rental Unit in Arkansas
Tenants have a basic right to privacy in their rental homes. That doesn’t mean that landlords always need an invitation to enter. Under Arkansas state law (Ark. Code Ann. § 18-17-602), landlords can enter rented premise in the following circumstances:
- to remedy a health or safety condition caused by tenant’s noncompliance (see Ark. Code 18-17-702 and 18-17-601); landlord may enter immediately in cases of emergency, otherwise the tenant must remedy the health or safety condition within 14 days after receiving written notice
- to make needed inspections and repairs
- to investigate possible lease violations or criminal activity, or
- to show the property to prospective new tenants, purchasers or contractors.
Notice Required to Enter Rental Property in Arkansas
Arkansas law does not specify the amount of notice that landlords must give before entering the dwelling, so check whether your lease or rental agreement specifies a minimum amount of notice. If not, consider asking your landlord to give you at least 24 hours’ notice before entering, except when there is a true emergency or you invite the landlord to enter; in some cases, less notice might be fine—for example, if your landlord finds out on a Tuesday night that the plumber is available to replace the garbage disposal in your apartment the next morning.
Your Legal Rights if Your Landlord Violates Your Privacy in Arkansas
Depending on the circumstances, it’s usually best to start by discussing your concerns with your landlord, and follow up with a firm letter asking for the invasive behavior to stop. (See the Nolo article, Tenants’ Rights to Privacy, for advice on the subject.)
If your conciliatory efforts don’t work, and your landlord continues to violate your privacy without notice or legitimate reason, you may be able to sue your landlord in small claims court for money damages, on legal grounds, such as infliction of emotional distress or trespass. For advice on dealing with landlord invasions of privacy, see the Nolo article, Can I Sue my Landlord for Entering my Home Without Notice or Otherwise Invading My Privacy?
More on Tenant Rights in Arkansas
For more state-specific information, see the Arkansas Renters’ Rights Information section of Nolo. com.