Can my landlord do a surprise inspection?

Having an annoying landlord who wants to inspect the apartment more often than needed can happen to anyone, I’ve been there. However, there’s a line between being annoying and violating your privacy. You’d be surprised to hear how many tenants get surprise visitations from the proprietor but it doesn’t have to be that way and knowing your rights as a tenant can help you more than once. 

Does my lease allow it?

Every landlord makes their own lease that follows certain requirements to keep the apartment exactly how they like it. If your landlord did or wants to do a surprise inspection, you should read the entirety of your lease to find out if it allows it. It is most likely that your lease requires a 24-hour notice before an inspection but one can never be sure. 

NYC laws regarding inspections. 

Every city can have different legislation when it comes to renting so if you’re having trouble with your landlord, checking out your city’s website can solve a lot of problems. 

According to the NYC government’s website, your landlord has to give you an appropriate notice to do an inspection, provide repairs or services, or show the apartment to potential tenants/buyers. However, if there is an emergency or if your lease states so, your landlord can do surprise inspections without notice. 

What can I do?

If your landlord tends to do unexpected inspections without notice you can open a case against them since it’s considered to be an illegal entrance. Of course, nothing comes for free and there are a lot of things to consider before actually going forward with this. If this is your case and you’re wondering whether or not to go ahead with this process, here’s a list of pros and cons to help you make up your mind. 

ProsCons
You can win and receive monetary compensation.You have to gather evidence which can be tricky.
Your privacy will not be violated anymore.You might lose and have to find a new place.
Your landlord might not want to go to court and decide to settle it without taking it too far.Hiring a lawyer is by no means cheap.

Having trouble with your landlord can put you between the rock and a hard place, especially when the market is as crazy as it is right now! But at the end of the day, there are rights you have as a tenant which have to be respected.

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