I am aware that California Civil Code says that a landlord must give a tenant at least 24 hours written notice if he/she plans to enter my apartment for repairs. However, my lease does not specify whether the notice has to be written or can be oral (It simply says "24 hour advance notice".) Would that mean that leaving a voicemail to give 24 hours notice is adequate? Or would I have the right to turn the landlord away given that the notice I received was not written and only specified the day but not an approximate time he plans to enter the unit?
Real Estate Attorney
Civil Code Section 1954 defines when a landlord may enter an apartment. 24 hour written notice of entry for repairs is required. 24 hour oral notice is allowed to exhibit the dwelling to show to prospective purchasers or tenants if previous written notice is given.
Landlord and tenant can agree to oral notice giving approximate time and date of entry.
Of course in an emergency landlord can enter without notice.
In your case it is not worth taking hard line. In a fight between you and landlord you will always come out second. If the landlord wants to come at an inconvenient time for you, call them and schedule it for a more convenient time.
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The landlord can also enter when you're present, without notice, with your consent. If you want the repairs to be done, it's not in your interest to withhold your consent for no reason.
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