California Civil Code section 1954 sets forth the conditions regarding when a landlord can enter a rental dwelling. Basically, a landlord can enter a rental unit only for the following reasons:
-- In an emergency.
-- When the tenant has moved out or has abandoned the rental unit.
-- To make necessary or agreed-upon repairs, decorations, alterations, or other improvements.
-- To show the rental unit to prospective tenants, purchasers, or lenders, to provide entry to contractors or workers who are to perform work on the unit, or to conduct an initial inspection before the end of the tenancy.
-- If a court order permits the landlord to enter.
-- If the tenant has a waterbed, to inspect the installation of the waterbed when the installation has been completed, and periodically after that to assure that the installation meets the law's requirements.
The landlord must give the tenant reasonable advance notice in writing before entering the unit, and can enter only during normal business hours (generally, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays). The notice must state the date, approximate time and purpose of entry.
Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice for a particular case. This Avvo.com posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, please consult with your own attorney.