Does the landlord have the right to enter a tenants apartment without prior consent?

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Does the landlord have the right to enter a tenants apartment without prior consent?

Asked on September 6, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In all states in this country there are statutes allowing a landlord to enter a rented unit upon reasonable notice to the tenant, or without notice in an emergency situation. Reasonable notice is typically twenty-four (24) hours minimum. Such notice requirements apply regardless whether or not a tenant gives prior consent.

Reasons for the statutory access pertain to many things such as abilty to make repairs, ability to do maintenance, desire to show the property for resale or to rent.

Typical notice for access is done via a telephone call and confirmed through an e mail or a letter sent by the landord to the tenant. The refusal of a tenant to allow reasonable access to the landlord after proper notice has been given could be deemed as a basis for terminating the lease by the landlord.

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