Can I visit my rental without notice for maintenaince purposes?
Question from Vijay Dravid updated on 6th January 2009:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
A landlord can go onto the tenants’ property (without entering the house) without giving the tenant notice. However, the landlord must make sure they don’t interfere with the tenants’ peace, comfort and privacy. Whether the tenants’ peace, comfort and privacy are disturbed often depends on the individual circumstances, and it is advisable for landlords to talk to their tenants in advance about any work they are planning. If you are not named as the landlord on the tenancy agreement then your property manager may be considered to be the landlord. If this is the case, you should ask your property manager, as landlord, to talk to the tenants about their concerns, and about times that this work could be done without disturbing the tenants’ peace, comfort and privacy. For further advice and information, you can also contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262) from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm.
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