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Landlord’s Right to Enter

June 23, 2016

Landlords have rights to access residential rental units in some situations, but there are important restrictions on those rights. A landlord may enter:

  • Any common areas that are shared with others like hallways, courtyards and laundry facilities – no notice is required
  • The rental unit once per month to inspect the condition of the property – proper notice to tenants is required
  • To show the property to prospective buyers – proper notice to tenants is required

The tenant doesn’t need to be present for the landlord to enter as long as proper notice was provided.
Proper notice means a tenant is given written notice of the date, time and purpose for entering the property. By law, notice must be delivered in-person or considered by law to have been given to the tenant at least 24 hours before the landlord enters the unit.

The time scheduled for entry must be between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., unless another time is agreed upon by the landlord and tenant. The purpose for entering a rental unit must be reasonable – a landlord may enter a tenant’s rental unit only when:

  • There’s an emergency and entry is necessary to protect life or property
  • The tenant is at home and agrees to let the landlord in
  • The tenant agreed, not more than 30 days before, to let the landlord enter
  • The tenant was given written notice outlining the date, time (between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.) and purpose – at least 24 hours before and not more than 30 days before
  • The tenant has abandoned the rental unit
  • The tenant lives in a hotel and someone comes in to clean the room
  • The landlord has an arbitrator’s order or court order to enter the rental unit

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