Q: My landlord keeps coming into my apartment, usually when I'm not at home. He doesn't even leave a note. Can landlords just come in anytime they want? A: Depends on the situation. When there's an emergency, yes. Anytime they're in the mood, usually not. According to Jan Portman, author of "Every Tenant's Legal Guide," there are five basic reasons a landlord may enter the rental premises, which include emergencies, inspection, repairs, showing to prospective tenants, and during a tenant's extended absence. Even though entry rules are usually governed by state law, and vary widely, landlord entry specifically for emergencies is allowed in all 50 states. What's considered an emergency? Any sudden or unexpected situation that requires immediate attention. Flooding, fires, a resident's s...
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