San Diego, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Hawaii

Q: Landlord entered property without properly notifying the tenants.

We had scheduled maintenance for a certain time and day. On that day we were never notified that that the maintenance was moved to an earlier time and the landlord and property manager enter the premises without notifying us at all. We did not at all feel comfortable with that seeing as there was not emergency present. Could we have some guidance.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In instances where your landlord or property manager enters your premises without proper notification, it's crucial to first consult your lease agreement. This document often outlines the notification requirements and entry rights for landlords. Generally, landlords are expected to provide tenants with advance notice before entering the property, except in emergencies.

If your rights were violated due to the landlord entering without notice, consider discussing the matter directly with them. Express your concerns and discomfort regarding the incident. Communication can often resolve misunderstandings and prevent future occurrences. It's also beneficial to document these communications for your records.

Should the issue persist despite your efforts to address it through dialogue, you might look into local tenant rights organizations for advice and support. They can offer guidance on how to proceed, including whether legal advice is warranted. Remember, understanding and asserting your rights is key to maintaining a respectful and legally compliant landlord-tenant relationship.

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