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Quiz: 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?

  • Yes, because I own the property. 
  • Yes, because these things will benefit the renters and they probably won’t be there.
  • No.

Answer: No!

It is never ok to drop by your rental property, for any reason, without prior notice and consent. When renters sign a lease, you give up the right of possession to the rental property—both the inside and the outside. It is your responsibility as a landlord to provide sufficient notice to your tenants before entering your property based on the lease and your local laws. You should get in the practice of giving a 24 hours advance notice, as this is the common practice for most state laws. If you choose not to follow what’s specified by the lease or law, you could be charged for criminal trespassing regardless of whether you own the rental property, whether the renters are present, or whether your actions will benefit the renters.

There are very few exceptions to this rule, but some may include emergency repairs for safety issues or building code violations. Or, if the renter requests repairs or maintenance, then permission may be implied unless specifically 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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