What rights do I have as a tenant when a landlord enters my dwelling literally at will?

UPDATED: Jun 27, 2012

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What rights do I have as a tenant when a landlord enters my dwelling literally at will?

I have a situation with a landlord who is coming into my apartment when I’m not home with a neighbor who has a grudge against me. I believe the neighbor is putting the landlord up to this, she is a young girl. But I want to know where I stand legally. The neighbor has said she will do anything she can to get me thrown out.

Asked on June 27, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Georgia


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, unless there is an emergency situation with respect to a landlord's unit such as a fire, the landlord must given reasonable notice to his or her tenant to enter the unit. Typically 24 hours notice is deemed "reasonable notice".

The basis for the entry by the landlord must be for a legitimate purpose such as repairs or to show the unit to a possible new tenant or buyer. The entry cannot be "just because".

I suggest that you speak with your landlord about your concerns and follow up with a letter to him or her. Keep a copy of it for future use and need. If the problem with the entries persist, you need to consult with a landlord tenant attorney about the situation.

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