Can a tenant refuse the landlord entrance into their rental house even with a 24 hour notice?

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Can a tenant refuse the landlord entrance into their rental house even with a 24 hour notice?

A tenant has given a 30 day notice to vacate property. The landlord wants to show the property to prospective future renters, giving the tenant 24 hour notice. Can the tenant refuse the landlord’s request to show the property?

Asked on October 21, 2011 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under California law, a landlord has every right to enter a tenant's rental for a legitimate reason such as to make repairs, show the property for rental or resale or to do maintenance. In California, reasonable notice for entry is typically twenty-four (24) hour notice.

The tenant whose unit is sought to have admittance into can refuse entry for a realistic purpose but there needs to be alternate dates for entry. If the tenant simply refuses entry to the landlord after a reasonable request by the landlord, the failure by the tenant to allow entry can be deemed a breach of  the lease as well as a statutory violation. I suggest that the tenant attempt to accomodate the landlord's request for entry.

Good luck.


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