Entering the Property

In this guide, you'll learn how to legally access your property (without getting sued).

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Reasonable Notice
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Sure, you own the rental property.  But that doesn't mean you can enter whenever you want (without reasonable notice).  Giving legal notice of your intent to enter will respect your Tenant's privacy rights, allows the Tenant an opportunity to make sure they are present, and helps prevent misunderstandings and conflicts.

Reasonable Notice

You must give "reasonable notice" to the Tenant that you intend to enter the property.  Unless you're in Cook County, there's not hard an fast rule (unless your lease says otherwise).  Most Landlords give between 24 - 48 hours notice.

This Notice of Entry form gives the Tenant the information they need (in the timeline you pick).


Reasonable notice isn't required in emergencies.  You should let the Tenant know you're going in - say it's for an emergency - and follow up when you're done.  

What makes an emergency?  It's not always clear (but we can help you figure it out).

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Does a Tenant have the right to be present?  Well, kinda.  A Tenant always has the right to be present while you're in the property.  But you don't have to work around their schedule (if you use a good lease).  Even so, happy Tenants make your life easier.

How do I give them the notice?  It's always best to put it in writing.  You can use this Notice of Entry.


Notice of Entry

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