A landlord has the right to enter a tenant occupied property under certain circumstances. Under the California Civil Code, the right of entry by a landlord is permitted if:
There is an emergency
If the landlord believes the tenant is in danger
If the landlord has vacated the property for a significant amount of time. This clause can only be applied in the event the landlord believes the property is permanently vacated.
A court order has been mandated
The landlord is trying to obtain financing thereby needing the premises for a property inspection, appraisal, or others
The landlord wants to show the property to potential buyers
The landlord wants a real estate professional to provide a quote for services (i.e. contractor, repairmen, etc.)
The landlord needs to make repairs. Before repairs are made the landlord must provide advance notice to the tenant of the arrival of a contractor or repair persons.
Unless the situation is an emergency the landlord must provide advance notice to the tenant of his or her entry to the premises.