You are entitled to reasonable privacy and exclusive use of your unit. Unless you give your landlord permission to enter, they must provide:
- At least 24 hours written notice (but not more than 30 days), stating the:
- time of entry (in between 8:00am and 9:00pm)
- reasonable reason for entry
Landlords are allowed to inspect units once a month, if they provide proper notice.
The notice to enter must be served using one of the allowable methods. See our page on Serving Documents for details.
There are certain situations when a landlord is allowed to enter the unit without notice or consent:
- there is an emergency and entry is necessary to protect life or property
- they have obtained a Residential Tenancy Branch order granting permission
- the landlord needs to provide housekeeping services in accordance with the tenancy agreement
- you abandon the rental property (see our page Abandonment of Property)
If your landlord enters your unit illegally, you should request in writing that they follow the legal requirements from now on. Keep a copy of the letter. You can use our template letter – Landlord’s Right to Enter a Rental Unit Restricted.
If your landlord continues to enter your unit illegally, you can apply for dispute resolution at the Residential Tenancy Branch for an order to have the locks changed at your landlord’s expense, and not give them a copy of the key. See our page Applying for Dispute Resolution for details.