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Can a tenant refuse entry to landlord?

Can a tenant refuse entry to landlord?

Many people prefer renting, as it gives them more flexibility. Renters also experience less responsibility when it comes to repairs and maintenance. As a renter, you’ll have many freedoms when it comes to your space. However, your landlord may need to temporarily gain access to the property. It’s important to recognize your rights as a tenant to better understand why this happens. Landlord Entry

Landlord’s Access to Property

To first gain a better understanding of this issue, you’ll need to review your lease. The lease should outline a reasonable notice clause. This will highlight the amount of time that the landlord should give you before entering the property. It also may state the reasons why your landlord would need access. This includes non-emergency maintenance and repairs and showings to other potential renters.  Giving reasonable notice is not a requirement. However, any reasonable notice statements outlined in the lease can and should be enforced. Of course, this does not apply in times of emergency. In such cases as a break in or serious maintenance issue, the landlord has a right to access the property. In some cases, there will be no information regarding reasonable notice or landlord entry included in the lease. If this is the case, then you can refuse entry to the landlord. However, you will assume full responsibility and liability for damages. This includes your unit and others in the building if applicable. 

More About Reasonable Notice

Unfortunately, there is no set statute outlined in regards to what reasonable notice looks like. A general rule is at least 24 hours advance notice. Many Colorado landlords give more than this – up to 48 hours advance notice. If you would like more notice than the standard amount, talk to your landlord. Depending on the property manager, you could make an addendum to your lease. 

Other Reasons for Landlord Entry

Your landlord typically will not enter the property unless needed. However, property inspections are common. This is because property inspections help the landlord evaluate several things. This includes:
  • Evaluation of Colorado’s competitive market rate
  • Ensures the property meets Colorado rental code standards
  • Checks for necessary maintenance and repairs
  • Looks for potential upgrade opportunities
These property inspections occur at routine intervals. Typically before, during, and after your tenancy. This helps the property manager keep the space well-maintained for current and future residents. 

Aurora Property Management Company

Still have questions? Our property management team is here to help - whether you’re an owner or renter. Property owners and renters alike can experience top-tier management services. Our services include an in-house maintenance team that always gives reasonable notice.  Our Aurora property management company provides routine inspections and has a comprehensive preventative maintenance plan. Tenants can feel good about their space knowing that emergency maintenance is available 24/7. Plus, owners will be happy about our consistent budgeting for capital improvements. If you’re looking to rent or have your property managed by professionals, contact us today.