Can a landlord put lockbox on a rental house without their tenant’s consent?

UPDATED: Sep 30, 2022

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

UPDATED: Sep 30, 2022Fact Checked

Get Legal Help Today

Compare Quotes From Top Companies and Save

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Can a landlord put lockbox on a rental house without their tenant’s consent?

We’ve been good tenants for about a year and our landlord has decided to sell the house. We signed the lease knowing that this could happen. Verbatim,

Asked on May 4, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

A "reasonable showing" is a showing at reasonable times--at generally or commercially reasonable times, not necessarily what works for you personally. Since many potential buyers want to view during the work day, it is not reasonable to restrict showings to eventings or weekends. (You don't have the right to so limit the landlord's ability to show and sell his property.) So the landlord is correct: as long as he provides adequate notice, he can show during the workweek. 
As long as adequate notice is provided, your right to quiet enjoyment is not violated unless the quantity or frequence of showings becomes unreasonable: e.g. several times a day for days on end.
As to the lockbox: the landlord owns the property, not you. He may put a lockbox on the property to facilitate showing his property, subject only to the requirement that any showings be on adequate notice.
If anything is stolen, damaged, etc. during a showing, the landlord and/or realtor may be liable, if the damage was in any way due to them not properly supervising the showings or persons in your home.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption