How Much Notice Does A Real Estate Agent Or Landlord Have To Provide Before Visiting A Rental Property?
We often hear stories from tenants who have had experiences in the past of unannounced or frequent visits from their agent or landlord. Unfortunately, especially when a landlord lives nearby to their investment property, the landlord can feel too comfortable simply "dropping past" the property to check on something, complete a minor repair, and so on.
There are very clear notice periods required in order for a landlord, real estate agent or any other party acting on their behalf to enter a rental property.
The notice periods vary with the reason for entry, summarised as follows:
Notice required before entry to a rental property
Details in the above table sourced from NSW Fair Trading.
The tenant can give the landlord or agent permission to enter the property at any time for any reason.
What are the limitations to accessing a rental property occupied by a tenant?
Aside from ensuring the correct notice period is adhered to, the following limitations to access apply:
These limits do not apply in an emergency, for urgent repairs, if the premise is abandoned, if the Tribunal so orders or if the tenant agrees.
Entry when the tenant is not home
After permission is given, a tenant does not need to be home for the landlord, agent or authorised person to enter.
It is an offence for a landlord or someone on their behalf to enter the premises without following the correct procedures. If the problem is serious or persistent, or any goods are damaged or stolen, a tenant should contact the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).
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