Tenants Right To Privacy

When a landlord rents out an apartment, that premises becomes the tenant’s home, and the tenant has just as much a right to privacy in her home as the landlord does in his. But a modern apartment building must be maintained and protected, and sometimes the landlord needs access to the tenant’s apartment in order to serve these real needs. Today, most states have tenant laws that balance these competing interests.

Currently, more than half the states have laws limiting when and under what circumstances a landlord may legally enter your apartment or property.

Remember, it is not illegal for the landlord to ask you to inspect your unit for maintenance purposes or needed repairs. It is customary for landlords to do this every six-months. A landlord that does periodic inspections may be doing so for all the right reasons, so long as the landlord obtains your approval prior to entry.

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