Tip #124: I Need My Space!
When it comes to your rental property, you want to know what’s going on. After all, it’s your property.
But landlord tenant laws say that once the property is leased, a landlord has to have a reason to be there.
Stopping by unannounced–whether it’s to check up on the tenant, perform a repair, or show the rental to prospects, can violate the lease.
Unless there’s an emergency, always give the tenant a heads-up that you’ll be on the property, and tell them why. Usually you will have to give 24 hours notice; however, that time limit may be greater where you live.
If you don’t give notice and the tenant gets the heebie jeebies because you are always hanging around, they may have legal grounds to move. You could wind up with an unexpected vacancy, or worse–they could sue you for damages.
See last weeks Landlord Quick Tip.
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