When Can My Landlord Enter the Property?

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Comfortable is the word. Most tenants quickly settle into their new homes; they set up the living room, clean the garage, and even paint the walls. They feel at home, but the truth is that there remains this lingering feeling that you are not the owner of the property and that a situation may occur when you will be physically reminded of it.

Now, there are various situations when your landlord can enter your home, but not without notice. The Tenancy Acts stipulates that if, and in any circumstance, a landlord is compelled to visit the home of their tenants, then a notice of 24 hours must be issued. If, with the exception of an emergency situation, 24 hour notice is not issued then the visit of the landlord could be regarded as illegal. The notice that is issued must:

  • Be in writing
  • State the reason for the visit
  • State the date for the visit
  • State the time of the visit

The reasons for the landlord‘s visit must also be reasonable, and unreasonable drop-bys by the landlord without prior knowledge by the tenant might be termed an infringement of privacy and could have legal recourse. So, what reasons could prompt a visit from your landlord?

Assessing Damaged Facilities: Damage to some facilities in the property may require repairs, at this point, your landlord will have to come over to assess the situation, so as to know the cost of  repairs. Still, in this situation, a notice of visit is a must.

During Repairs: It’s their property, so whenever repairs are being carried out, they have the right, as the owner of the property and an obligation as a landlord, to occasionally drop by to see how the repairs are going; maybe because more cash is needed or more equipment. As a matter of fact, they might even decide to oversee the whole process.

Pest Control: So, there are bed bugs, ants, or rodents. In this situation, lack of instant response from a landlord (especially in regards to to insects like bed bugs) may have legal consequences if reported by the tenants. Your landlord will once again feel obligated to enter make a visit.

Emergency: So there is a gas leak, water pipe break, flooding, or a fire. All these are defined as emergencies and, in any of these scenarios, there will be a stop by, almost definitely more than once. Your life is important, but so is their property.

Prospective Tenant‘s Tour: Your tenancy is about to end, and you have informed your landlord that you are not renewing. There are streams of prospective tenants waiting for the expiration of your tenancy, so, your landlord may decide to give a prospective tenant a look around the property, even when you are yet to vacate.

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