Today a "representative of the investors" in my apartment complex entered my apartment for an inspection. As the inspector was leaving he said to me that I passed the inspection, but just barely. I asked him what that meant and if there were specific inspection criteria he was looking for, but he declined to answer.

Afterwards, I contacted the apartment management office, and was told that they weren't told what was being inspected, just that someone would be entering apartments.

I was just wondering if there is any reason a landlord has to tell you why they are entering the property you're renting, or if with sufficient notice they can simply enter for any reason. I assume this could potentially differ on a state by state basis, so general knowledge is fine. I live in RI.


In RI it appears that two days notice and a reasonable purpose is enough. There are states that list the reasons a landlord can access a unit; RI is not one of those states.



You do not give a jurisdiction; as tenancy law is one of the most regulated areas of law this is highly jurisdiction dependent and may vary depending on if it is a residential or commercial tenancy.

For example, in New South Wales, Australia, a landlord may enter a residential premises (http://www.tenants.org.au/factsheet-08-access-and-privacy):

  • With consent of the tenant
  • Without consent or notice:
    • in an emergency, or
    • to do urgent repairs, or
    • if the landlord thinks that the premises have been abandoned, or
    • in accordance with an order of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), or
    • if they have serious concern about the health/safety of a person on the premises (after they have first tried to get consent).
  • Without consent but with notice (periods vary) and within limitations:
    • To inspect the premises
    • To carry out or assess the need for:
      • necessary repairs/maintenance (non-urgent)
      • work to meet legal health/safety obligations
    • To value the premises
    • To show the premises to prospective tenants
    • To show the premises to prospective buyers
  • The last sentence of the question gives the jurisdiction as Rhode Island, US, as does the tag. And the word "apartment" strongly suggests a residential tenancy. – Nate Eldredge Aug 23 '15 at 20:30

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