Is my landlord allowed to go into the shed on property and take pictures of my belongings?

Asked on September 9, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The landlord may enter part of the rental property--including a shed or other outbuilding--for a proper purpose (inspection; to see what physical shape it is in; for repairs/maintenance; for extermination; to market it for sale or a rental after your term is up; etc.) upon proper notice (at least 24 hours, unless there is a emergency, like a large water or gas leak, in which case they can enter immediately). If the landlord does, he may take photographs for that purpose (e.g. photos to show on MLS; photos of damage to the property, or of illegal activities going on there) even if those photographs show your belongings. 
The landlord may not, however, enter your space just to satisfy his/her curiousity or for other purposes not connected to a landlord's legitimate interests in protecting, preserving, and maximizing the return on his/her property.

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