I rent a “Mother-In-Laws quarters” (guest area) that is on the side of my house. It has a private entrance.
If I'm concerned something has happened to the tenant, am I legally allowed to enter the building without giving notice?
Some background: For the first time, my tenant is late on rent, and hasn't contacted me in any way which seems very unusual for her.
Yesterday I texted once to remind about the rent, and a second time asking if they are okay once I noticed there was still mail from a few days ago in her mail box right by her door with no response.
I also couldn't hear TV through the wall which I usually can, and her curtains were never opened which I notice she usually does during the day. The air conditioning also wasn't on all day, which is also unusual. She's elderly and I'm afraid she may have fallen or even worse.
I'm planning on knocking on her door on my lunch break. If she does not answer the door, I'm trying to figure out if I can go ahead and enter the property and make sure everything is okay.