Breach a Tenant’s Right to Quiet Enjoyment
The right to quiet enjoyment is legally protected. For
tenants, this means that they can peacefully enjoy their homes, bar entry from
landlords, and that the landlord is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep
of the property. Entering the apartment without permission or not giving notice
would breach this right.
Show Up Unexpectedly
Outside of an emergency or extenuating circumstance, you need to give
tenants proper notice. If your state has a statute that describes a specific
notice period that you must give to tenants before entering their homes, then
you must always adhere to it.
Remember that a tenant may refuse entry to a landlord that has not given
appropriate notification. Additionally, avoid requesting inspections outside of
reasonable hours: typically, 9-5.
Ignore State and Local Law
Laws regarding apartment inspections vary in different states, so it’s
imperative to be up-to-date with your knowledge of current inspection law. For
example, Alabama requires a two-day notice. Connecticut requires reasonable
notice. New York has no statue on a state level.
Give a Vague Notice
When you are letting your tenant know you’ll be coming by, stipulate a
date and time. Don’t leave the "when” up in the air. Be sure to state your
purpose for entering.
Are you coming by for a showing? Are you repairing something? Or is it a
regular inspection? Fill your tenant in on the details for your upcoming visit.
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Tuesday, 28 September 2021