2. Find out if your landlord is allowed to come in

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Can my landlord come into my place whenever they want?
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2. Find out if your landlord is allowed to come in

Landlords can come into their tenants' homes only for the reasons listed below. The rules your landlord must follow depend on the reason they want to come in.

Entering with no notice

Your landlord can enter your home without telling you ahead of time:

  • any time, if there is an emergency
  • to clean your place, if your rental agreement says that your landlord does the cleaning
  • to check on your condition, if you are a care home or retirement home tenant and your tenancy agreement says your landlord should do this

Entering on 24 hours' notice

If your landlord wants to come in for other reasons, they must give you notice in writing 24 hours ahead of time. They can come in only between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and only for these reasons:

  • to do repairs or work in your unit
  • to see if any repairs are needed, if there is a reason to do this
  • to show your place to a possible buyer, insurer, or mortgage lender
  • to let a real estate agent show your place to a possible buyer
  • to have a property inspection done before turning your building into a condominium
  • for a reasonable purpose listed in your rental agreement

Entering to show your place to prospective tenants

If you are moving out, your landlord may want to show your place to someone who might want to rent it. Your landlord does not have to give you 24 hours' written notice but they must try to let you know when they are coming and it must be between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Your landlord can do this only if:

  • you have given notice to move out,
  • your landlord has given you a notice to move out, or
  • you and your landlord have agreed that you will move out.

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Reviewed: August 31, 2015

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