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Harassment and discrimination

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Privacy in your home

The place you are renting is your home. Your landlord may own your place but must respect your right to have privacy.

The law says when your landlord has a right to enter your home. In most situations, your landlord has to let you know ahead of time.

Exceptions: The only times your landlord can enter your home without telling you ahead of time are when:
  • there is an emergency, or
  • your rental agreement says that your landlord gives you cleaning services.

Your landlord can also enter your place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to show it to a new tenant if your landlord makes a reasonable effort to let you know when this will happen. This rule applies only if:

  • you have given notice to move out,
  • your landlord has given you a notice to move out, or
  • you and your landlord have agreed that you will move out.

In any other situation, your landlord must give you notice in writing 24 hours ahead of time and can come in only between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. This rule applies if your landlord wants to:

  • do repairs or inspect your place to see if any repairs are needed,
  • show your place to a possible buyer, insurer, or mortgage lender,
  • let a real estate agent show your place to a possible buyer,
  • have a property inspection done before making your building into a condominium, or
  • come in to your place for any reasonable purpose listed in your rental agreement.

Your landlord has a right to enter your place only for the reasons listed above. You can let your landlord in at other times and for other reasons, but that is up to you.

If your landlord disrespects your privacy repeatedly, that could be harassment. For information about what you can do about harassment, see section Harassment.