jmwilliams asked this question 4 years, 2 months ago:

Landlord entering home w/o permission

Is there a German law that requires the landlord to get permission from the tenant before entering the premises, other than an emergency?

We just returned from a trip out of town and notified our landlord that we were going to be gone for the purposes of watching the home in case they see something out of the ordinary. We did not ask them to enter our home at any point, but noticed something out of the ordinary that only the landlord could have done after we returned. To our knowledge, this is the third time that they entered our home without us inviting or authorizing them to do so. We really like our landlords and their house and don't feel as if they are doing anything sinister but I do not like appreciate anyone entering our home without our permission.

One caveat they are actually native Russian, which they may feel entitled to enter because of their culture, but that is just me speculating and not grounded in actual knowledge.



4 years, 2 months ago

The answer to your question is a resounding, NO!

When you rent a house, it is as if the house belongs to you. Unless you give permission, they have no business entering your house with the exception of a bona fide emergency.

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4 years, 2 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
The answer to your question is a resounding, NO!

When you rent a house, it is as if the house belongs to you. Unless you give permission, they have no business entering your house with the exception of a bona fide emergency.


That's about 99% correct. If the landlord gives proper written notice you are required to give access to your landlord based on YOUR availability. You cannot flat out deny access because you are renting. There's an outline of when and how a landlord can enter and the notice required. Emergencies may not need any notice at all whereas appointments for viewing the property for a future tenant could require 14 days notice. Generally notices are verbally, but technically are supposed to be in writing.

To answer your question….no they can't legally enter without your permission unless there's an emergency such as a fire or broken water pipe.

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