For property managers, time management is critical. It sometimes feels as though there simply aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done! And when you're factoring the schedules of your tenants into your own daily routine, following rules and regulations about the notice required to enter a unit can be difficult.
How much advance notice do you need to give tenants about entering their unit? For emergency situations, the answer is none. If you know of a serious emergency and need to get into their unit to stop a disaster from occurring, you can enter without their knowledge. But if the task you need completed isn't an emergency, the answer can vary depending on your state.
Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends providing all tenants 24 hours notice that you need to enter their unit - regardless of the official law in your area. Giving folks the heads up they need to tidy up, crate their dogs or be home to supervise work being done is just the polite thing to do. Check your state's laws for exact limits on when you can enter - just to be safe.
When in doubt, just ask yourself: if you were in their shoes, how much notice would you prefer to be given?
- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management