Landlord’s Right to Access
Landlords have the right to reasonable access to your rental unit to inspect for damage and to make repairs, as well as to show the property to prospective renters or buyers. Landlords must generally provide two days’ notice of their intent to enter your rental unit, unless you either give permission or there is an emergency. The time of entry must be reasonable (so not, for example, at 3:00 in the morning). If the landlord enters your rental unit without proper notice or permission, you should notify the landlord in writing that you object. If the landlord continues to enter without permission or notice, you can sue in court for trespass, violation of privacy, or harassment, though this is often costly and difficult.
Repairs and Maintenance During Tenancy
Landlords are responsible to maintaining the rental unit as a safe and healthy place to live, and are responsible for repairing problems that arise with the rental unit. When problems arise that requires repair, you should notify your landlord in writing as soon as possible.
One a landlord has been informed of the need for a repair, the repair must be fixed within specific time periods:
• 24 hours to restore lost heat, hot or cold water, electricity, or to remedy a condition that is imminently hazardous to life.
• 72 hours to repair major plumbing fixtures and, if supplied by the landlord, the refrigerator, range, and oven.
• Not more than 10 days for other repairs.
If the landlord doesn’t provide the request repairs within these time periods, you can legally hire a licensed professional to make the repairs and the cost of the repairs from your rent. Make sure you document any expenses with receipts and proof of payment.