Landlord-Tenant Privacy Rights

Renting a home is often the only feasible means of affording the cost of living for many people. However, just because you are renting your home and not a homeowner does not mean you have no tenant privacy rights. As a  tenant of the property, you have a reasonable right to privacy as well as a right to be notified prior to entry. It is important to be aware of your rights. Illegal entry can be both frustrating and frightening.

The law protects renters from unlawful intrusion. Landlords must have the tenant's permission to enter the property, and the landlord must give notice of at least 24 to 48 hours before entering the property, unless it is an emergency. A voicemail or a notice attached to your door or in your mailbox is considered sufficient notice. Without such attempts to let you know that they will be entering the premises, most states provide tenants with recourse.

Although the tenant is not able to be unreasonable about denying access, you also do not have to allow unwanted or excessive entry into the home. If you feel as though your rights have been violated, contact your county's legal aid office to determine what recourse is available to you. Many states offer free legal assistance to renters.


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