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Can an Owner be Trespassing on Their Own Rental Property?

If you are a rental property owner, you may think at some point that it would be a good idea to check in on your rental property just to do some basic maintenance. You know that you are helping your tenants out by taking care of these small issues for them, trying to make a positive effect on them. However, is it ok for you to drop in and repair these issues without giving a notice to your tenants?

As a landlord, it is important to remember that you cannot drop by your rental property without prior notice and consent from the tenant. When a renter signs a lease, they are granted possession of the rental property inside and outside. You are responsible for providing sufficient notice based on the lease agreement and local laws before entering the property. Giving a 24-hour advance notice is recommended, as this is the common practice for most state laws. Failure to follow these rules could result in criminal trespassing charges, regardless of whether you own the property, the renters are present, or your actions benefit the renters.

There are only a few exceptions to this rule. Emergency repairs for safety issues or building code violations may not require advance notice. If the renter requests repairs or maintenance, permission may be implied unless it is stated in the lease that advance notice should be provided for all repairs.

By working with Real Property Management Metro Detroit you can rest assured that we follow every law and ensure that your tenants receive the highest quality consideration and care. If you are interested in having your property managed by Real Property Management Metro Detroit, have more questions, or just want to speak to one of our team members, then contact us online or call us directly at 248-808-6550 today!

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