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April 10, 2012

Renting a Home

Lease Clauses

Can the landlord enter a tenant’s premises without notice?

Normally a landlord has no right to enter a tenant's apartment unless the tenant gives consent. Under the general concept of landlord-tenant law, the landlord has surrendered possession of the premises entirely to the tenant for the term of the lease.

But a written lease will almost always give the landlord the right to enter to show the premises to prospective buyers or prospective tenants and to make necessary or agreed repairs. A lease may require the landlord to give a 24-hour notice, but some leases do not require any prior notice or restrict the time or frequency of entry.

State and local laws may also give landlords the right of access. Usually these ordinances require landlords to give reasonable advance notice and to enter only at reasonable times and not so often as to be harassing.

>>What are the most important lease clauses from the point of view of landlords?
>>What are the most important lease clauses for tenants?
>>Can the landlord enter a tenant’s premises without notice?
>>Does the tenant owe the landlord a late fee if the rent is not paid on the date specified in the lease?
>>Is the landlord liable for the damages incurred by a tenant who was injured because of inadequate maintenance of the property?
>>Can the tenant, with the landlord's consent, operate a business out of the rented premises?
>>Whose improvement is it?
>>What does "right of quiet enjoyment" of the premises mean?
>>So what about noise?
>>Is renting a condo unit different under the law?
>>In a legal dispute between the landlord and the tenant, does the tenant have to pay the landlord's attorney's fees?

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