Landlord’s Right to Enter Rental Property in Connecticut

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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 Connecticut.

When Landlords May Enter a Rental Unit in Connecticut

Tenants have a basic right to privacy in their rental homes. That doesn’t mean that landlords always need an invitation to enter. Under Connecticut state law (Conn Gen. Stat. Ann. § 47a-16), landlords can enter rented premise in the following circumstances:

  • in case of emergency, such as a fire or serious water leak
  •  to make needed inspections and repairs
  • pursuant to a court order
  • if the landlord has reasonable cause to believe the tenant has abandoned the premises
  • when reasonably necessary during a tenant’s extended, or  
  • to show the property to prospective new tenants, purchasers or contractors.

Notice Required to Enter Rental Property in Connecticut

Except in cases of emergency, abandonment, extended absence, or pursuant to a court order, landlords who want to enter rental property in Connecticut for the above reasons must give tenants reasonable written or oral notice of their intent to enter (unless the tenant agrees to little or no notice), and must enter only at reasonable times.  Check your lease or rental agreement which may provide more specific details on landlord entry.

Your Legal Rights if Your Landlord Violates Your Privacy in Connecticut

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 Connecticut

For more state-specific information, see the Connecticut Renters’ Rights Information section of Nolo. com.

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