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Management Entering Your Apartment

by | Jun 16, 2011 | Renter's Rights, Renting 101 | 0 comments

Many of you might wonder when a manager can enter your residence, even if you are not home. The Texas Apartment Association outlines what constitutes entrance of management or staff if signed under a TAA lease contract. Check your lease or with your property manager for a more personalized list.

There are a number of reasons why property managers or maintenance staff may need to enter your apartment, and it could be very inconvenient for you if you always had to be home and available when these circumstances arose. If you signed a TAA Lease Contract, you’ve given permission to the apartment management and/or maintenance personnel to enter your apartment when you are not there for:

  • responding to your request
  • making repairs or replacements
  • estimating repair or refurbishing costs
  • performing pest control or doing preventive maintenance
  • changing filters
  • testing or replacing smoke detector batteries
  • retrieving unreturned tools, equipment, or appliances
  • preventing waste of utilities
  • exercising a contractual lien (removing your non-exempt belongings if you haven’t paid the rent)
  • leaving notices
  • delivering, installing, reconnecting, or replacing appliances, furniture, equipment, or security devices
  • removing or rekeying unauthorized security devices
  • removing unauthorized window coverings
  • stopping excessive noise
  • removing health or safety hazards (including hazardous materials), or items prohibited under our rules
  • removing perishable foodstuffs if your electricity is disconnected
  • removing unauthorized animals
  • cutting off electricity according to statute
  • retrieving property owned or leased by former residents
  • inspecting when immediate danger to person or property is reasonably suspected
  • allowing persons to enter as you authorized in your rental application (if you die, are incarcerated, etc.)
  • allowing entry by a law officer with a search or arrest warrant, or in hot pursuit
  • showing apartment to prospective residents (after move-out or vacate notice has been given)
  • showing apartment to government inspectors, fire marshals, lenders, appraisers, contractors, prospective buyers, or insurance agents

Under the TAA lease, the management must leave notice of entry inside your apartment indicating that a management representative entered the apartment, and why he or she was there.

If you are at home when the management wishes to enter the apartment for any reasonable reason, the management must ask to enter peacefully and at reasonable times.

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