FAQ: Does a Landlord Have a Right to Inspect a Tenant’s Apartment?

Question:  Does a landlord have a right to inspect a tenant’s apartment?

Answer:  Yes.  A landlord has the right to enter an apartment for the purpose of an inspection.  No specific notice for such an inspection is required, but a landlord must give “reasonable notice.”  I recommend that landlords always provide at least one days notice before such an inspection.

A landlord almost certainty has the right to designate an agent to do this inspection in his or her place:  a landlord can likely ask a property management service, real estate broker, or attorney to perform an inspection for them.  A good argument could be made by a tenant that there are limits to this: a landlord probably could not allow any random person to enter the apartment on the landlord’s behalf.

Implicit with this right to inspect is a proper time and place for doing so: for example, a landlord who tries to do an inspection in the middle of the night (without a good reason for doing so) would likely be disfavored by the court.  Similarly, a landlord’s repeated request to inspect an apartment could be seen as harassment, and proper grounds for a tenant’s objection.

If you are a landlord or tenant in need of assistance with this matter, contact me for a consultation.