What are the Owner and Tenants rights to enter the property?

Categories: Landlord Questions, Laws & Regulations, Tenant Questions

In most cases, the owner or property manager must provide the tenant with prior written notice to enter the tenant’s rental home. Written notice is considered reasonable if it is provided at least 24 hours in advance. A written notice is required in the following situations:

• To make necessary or agreed-upon repairs.

• To inspect waterbed installation and periodically after to assure the installation meets the law’s requirements. • To show the rental unit to prospective tenants, purchasers or lenders, or to provide initial inspection before the end of the tenancy.

• If directed by a court.



PRIOR WRITTEN NOTICE IS NOT REQUIRED IN THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS:

• In an emergency.

• When tenant or another occupant consents.

• After tenant has abandoned or surrendered the rental home.

• Upon verbal agreement to allow the owner to make agreed-upon repairs or supply services.

Source: Long Beach Development Services, The following information is from, “A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”

To view the entire guide, please see dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf