Can the landlord enter the unit without the tenant's prior permission?

Yes. The landlord may enter the unit at a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner without force or physical threats in the following situations:

  • The tenant has given permission.
  • There is an emergency such as fire, flood or gas.
  • The landlord is asserting a valid, legal landlord's lien.
  • The landlord enters to make repairs ordered by health, building, fire or other code inspectors.
  • The landlord may enter at other times if the tenant has given permission, either verbally or in the lease. A Realtor's lock-box may be placed on the unit's door and the landlord may show the unit to new tenants or prospective purchasers only with the tenant's express permission."
  • The parties have agreed otherwise, and the lease so provides.
  • The landlord is responsible for maintaining the parts of the building which are under the landlord's exclusive control. For example, the landlord maintains the stairwells, hallways, laundry rooms and roof of an apartment building since these are part of the building under the landlord's control. However, since the roof of a single-family house that is rented entirely, to one tenant is not under the landlord's control, the landlord has no obligation to repair it unless the parties have agreed otherwise
  • The landlord must repair hazardous conditions caused by gas-burning equipment.
  • The landlord must correct dangerous, latent conditions.

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