Isit legal for my landlady for her to enter my property when I am not home and inspect it?

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Isit legal for my landlady for her to enter my property when I am not home and inspect it?

She had my daughter’s grandma let her in, who is no relation to me and did not have permission from me to let her in. She does not do this to the other tenants.

Asked on January 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Iowa

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, a landlord must first request entry into a rental within a reasonable stated time period. Typically 24 hours notice to the tenant is uniformally deemed reasonable notice.

The only exception as to when a landlord does not need to give notice to the tenant for the need to enter into the rental is when there is some sort of an emergency situation warranting entry. Examples would be a fire to the rental, a call for help, the failure of the tenant to have been seen for a long period of time and the like. From what you have written, the landlady did get some person to allow her entry even though you did not give the permission.


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