Can my landlord enter the property unannounced even if I owe rent?

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Can my landlord enter the property unannounced even if I owe rent?

I still owe my landlord for a portion of rent which is not even 30 days. I was not home but roommates informed me that he came inside unannounced. Is he in the right?

Asked on January 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Iowa

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The landlord cannot enter your rental without providing advance notice.  The notice requirement varies from state to state.  For example, in CA the landlord is required to give 24 hours written notice before entering the rental and entry has to be during normal business hours.  If it is an emergency, no notice is required.

The fact that you owe rent does not alter the notice requirement since you have not been evicted.  If you are evicted, the landlord has the right to immediate possession and of course entry onto the premises.


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