How should a landlord give a notice of entry to inspect the rental property when the tenant will not respond to the notice is the question this week for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and is not offering legal advice. If you have a question for him please fill out his form below.
Dear Landlord Hank:
What is the proper way to give notice to inspect property about smoking smells that neighbors have complained about?
I have emailed and texted the tenant giving 24 hours’ notice for inspection after receiving complaints, but the tenant refuses to receive email and text. She wants postal mail notice, but that takes time.
What is the best way?
Dear Landlady Soo Choi,
Most leases have a clause for RIGHT OF ENTRY, saying that you, the landlord, upon reasonable notice by telephone, hand-delivery or posting to the tenant, have the right of entry for repairs, inspections or any other reason.
Your tenant doesn’t get to choose the notice she will look at or read.
Since she is being difficult, I would post a notice on her door that you will be inspecting the next day (after 24 hours have passed) and take a photo of the notice on her door, for your records – and keep a copy, too.
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