Top 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions – Landlord/Tenant

1. How much notice must the Landlord give to enter an occupied rental unit?

The Landlord only has to give the tenant twenty-four (24) hours written notice before entering the unit to make necessary or agreed-upon repairs, to show the units to prospective tenants,  buyers, perform work or conduct an initial inspection.  No written notice is required for an emergency or if the tenant has moved out or has abandoned the property. The notice can be given to Tenant by personal delivery, leaving the notice with another person at the rental unit, posting notice or mailing notice. If mailed to the Tenant, the notice must be
mailed 6 days before the intended entry date.

2. How much notice must the landlord give before raising the rent?

Landlords must give Tenants at least 30 days’ advance notice if the rent increase is 10 percent or less of the total sum from the previous 12 months. A landlord must give 60 days’ advance notice if the rent increase is greater than 10 percent.

3. How much time does the Landlord have to return the security deposit?

The Landlord must rent the Tenant’s security deposit, with an itemized statement of deductions, within 21 days after the tenant has returned the keys and vacated the rental property to the Landlord.


4. How does the Landlord terminate a month to month lease?

If a tenant has resided in the property for 1 year or more, then the Landlord is required to give at least 60 days’ advance notice to terminate. If the tenant has resided for less than 1 year then the Landlord is required to give only 30 days’ advance notice.

5. What is the difference between a 3 day notice to perform or quit and a 3 day notice to pay or quit?

3 day notice to perform or quit is used when there is a violation of the lease, the Tenant has 3 days to correct the violation or vacate. 3 day notice to pay or quit is used when there is non-payment of rent, the Tenant has 3 days to pay the rent or vacate.