Anne O'Neill
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Does my landlord need my permission to enter my house? (when my lease isn't up for months?)

I was wondering whether my landlord had to tell me that someone was goingt o be coming over before he sent workers or people checking on things over.

Once, I got back from an early morning bike ride, opened my door, and there was a middle aged man standing there. Another time, I had just gotten out of the shower and, again, there was a man there checking on something. Then, another time, I got home from work and the toilet seat was up and someone had clearly been in my house. I freaked out because I live alone and called my propert manager to see if he had sent someone over, and he's never responded. I overreacted the whole weekend thinking that someone had a key to my house and they were going to come back and kill me.

Just wondering whether they had to tell you when they were sending someone over or if that's covered in the lease somehow that they have full permission to enter at will.
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Yes, your landlord absolutely has to tell you when he is planning on entering your apartment! With the exception of an emergency situation (flood, fire, etc), any current Landlord Tenant Act will state that the landlord must give tenant at least 24 hours notice before he plans on entering the apartment.
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Your landlord has no right to be in your home without proper notice and if you catch them there you can actually have them forcibly removed by the police. Yes, this is the one way you can actually get traspassing or breaking and entering charges pressed against you for entering your own property as you well please, if you are renting it out. By law if you are renting you have the same legal rights as if you owned the property in this situation. wow!

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I'm sure it was just a misunderstanding on his part and an overreaction on mine. I'll shoot my property manager an email just saying that I am uncomfortable not knowing when someone is going to be in my house and I'm sure he'll understand.

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Kim Alden
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Yes the landlord has to notify you of his entering the unit. Check your lease, as it should give the specifics. Most require a 24 hour notice.

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Typically, your LL's rights to enter your leased premises are defined in the Lease (and, by the way, even if your Lease has expired, and you're month-to-month, the written terms of the Lease still apply as the best written evidence of what those terms are). Generally, the LL can enter to insure the safety of the property or adjoining property, to "arrest a nuisance" ( = stop a problem, not lead someone away in chains), to work on the property (generally with notice), etc. They can't just come in and 'poke around' - you pay for your space and it's your space and you have what's known in 'common law' as the "right to quiet (uninterrupted) enjoyment". This all goes to hell 1 or 2 months before the lease expires when the LL can show the property for sale or rent at 'reasonable' times and hours and have "Open Houses" with reasonable notice which can't be 'unreasonably' withheld by the tenant. Lots of "reasonables" but that is a legal standard applied throughout our legal framework.
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I am a truckdriver and my landlord goes into my home while I am gone. He says he needs to make sure the furnace is ok and the water doesn't freese. Do I hace to allow him to do this?

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