Landlords must give renters 24 hour’s notice before entering apartment

LB320, a comprehensive tenants' rights bill sponsored by Omaha Sen. John Cavanaugh, will require landlords to give at least 24 hour's notice before entering a renter's apartment.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – What rights do renters have? A new bill going into law this week seeks to clarify that.

LB320, a comprehensive tenants’ rights bill sponsored by Omaha Sen. John Cavanaugh, will require landlords to give at least 24 hour’s notice before entering a renter’s apartment.

“People have a property right in their home and they need to be informed reasonably about when someone’s going to come into their home and do whatever it is they’re going to do,” Cavanaugh said.

Property owners have the right to enter an apartment unit in order to make repairs or improvements to the unit or show the apartment to prospective buyers or renters. LB320 says that in addition to 24 hour’s notice, landlords will have to inform residents why they want to enter the apartment and do so at a reasonable time of day.

“Everyone’s right to privacy is important and there are certain situations where individual’s rights are maybe relegated or diminished because they are a renter,” Cavanaugh said.

Per the bill, there are a few instances where a property owner is able to enter an apartment without the renter’s consent. Those are in the case of an emergency, by court order, or if the renter has abandoned the unit.

In addition to the 24-hour entry notice, LB320 will also extend protections for victims of domestic violence who are facing eviction, allow for “good cause” or reasonable continuances on eviction trials, and will require property owners to clearly articulate why they are seeking to evict a tenant.

“Sometimes people are under the mistaken assumption that when people are renters, they don’t have as complete of a property right, or interest in that property,” Cavanaugh said. “This is just clarifying and making sure that everyone has the right to be secure in their home, whether they’re a renter or an owner.”

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