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Can My Landlord Enter my Apartment When I am Not at Home?

A landlord cannot enter your apartment just for any reason. There are, however, some very important reasons why a landlord may enter your apartment and those reasons are set forth in Massachusetts General Law 186 Section 15B. In addition, agreements between a landlord and tenant where the landlord reserves the right to enter for whatever reason are unenforceable.

Some common reasons where a landlord may lawfully enter an apartment include:

  1. To make repairs to the premise;
  2. To inspect the premise;
  3. Show the property to a prospective tenant, purchaser, mortgagee or its agent;
  4. In accordance with a court order;
  5. If the premise appears to have been abandoned;
  6. To inspect, within the last thirty days of the tenancy or after either party has given notice to the other of intention to terminate the tenancy, for the purpose to determining the amount of damage, if any, to the premise which would be cause for deduction from any security deposit held by the lessor pursuant to this section.

Even with these common exceptions, most good landlords will inform you in advance of their intent to enter the apartment. This is a good list of examples where a landlord can lawfully enter an apartment, but it is by no means the only examples that a court would say is acceptable. If you feel like your rights have been violated, you are encouraged to talk to a Massachusetts Landlord-Tenant Attorney.

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