Anderson, IN asked in Civil Litigation, Small Claims, Contracts and Civil Rights for Indiana

Q: Is it required to to provide 24hr notice for showing or a courtesy if the agreement is expired and rent isn’t paid?

Rental agreement lapsed. Tenant was contacted 24 hr in advance via phone but the number was disconnected. Tenant claims we violated their rights. We called another resident 2 1/2hr prior and they agreed to let us in verbally.

2 Lawyer Answers
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL

A: The tenant has more leagal rights than you have given them. Hire a lawyer and fix the problem before it worsens.

Alexander Florian Steciuch agrees with this answer

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: There is no set time for a 'reasonable' notice of time for access to the property, but it is generally understood to be 24 hours. These rights are still required even if the agreement is expired and rent isn't paid. Calling a disconnected number is not providing notice and getting another resident to let you in is not a good idea legally.

If you want the current tenants out, you need to evict them.

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