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Is rent control involved?
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Tenants have the right to privacy within their apartments. A landlord, however, may enter a tenant’s apartment with reasonable prior notice, and at a reasonable time: (a) to provide necessary or agreed upon repairs or services; (b) in accordance with the lease; or (c) to show the apartment to prospective purchasers or tenants. I would document and send certified mail, a notice to enter the property and possibly purchase replacement smoke alarms, etc. for your own protection. There is not much else you can do minus documentation showing you are trying to comply and the tenant is not allowing you to do so. You can also send notice of a time you will be there and show up that time without confirmation. I would not enter the apartment of the tenant without consent but I would document the scheduling and the visit (video the attempt as well). This is the most you can do for your protection and any Judge will take this type of evidence and documentation very well.
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