What to do if my sister is having a problem with her landlord entering her duplex?

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What to do if my sister is having a problem with her landlord entering her duplex?

They seem to come when they feel like it, entering at unacceptable hours (this morning it was 6:30 am when she told them that 10 am would be better) or even when they’re not home. One time, my sister arrived home to find her landlord in her duplex on a tour to refinance the property. Doing research with the law myself, I find that in the state of RI (where she lives), a landlord must give 2 days notice before entering unless there is an emergency situation that needs to be addressed.

Asked on October 24, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Rhode Island

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Your sister can sue the landlord for breach of the covenant of quiet enjoyment for entering her duplex in violation of the notice requirement.

The covenant of quiet enjoyment means that your sister as a tenant, cannot be disturbed in her use and enjoyment of the premises.


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