2016 Code of Alabama
Title 35 - PROPERTY.
Article 3 - Tenant Obligations.
Section 35-9A-303 - Access.

AL Code § 35-9A-303 (2016) What's This?
Section 35-9A-303Access.

(a) A tenant shall not unreasonably withhold consent to the landlord to enter into the dwelling unit in order to inspect the premises, make necessary or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements, supply necessary or agreed services, or exhibit the dwelling unit to prospective or actual purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workmen, or contractors.

(b) A landlord may enter the dwelling unit without consent of the tenant only in the following circumstances:

(1) In case of emergency.

(2) Pursuant to court order.

(3) As permitted by Sections 35-9A-422 and 35-9A-423(b).

(4) At reasonable times and with prior notice as provided in subsection (c), to show the premises to a prospective tenant or purchaser, if a landlord provides the tenant separate from the rental agreement a general notice signed by the tenant for the right to access for such a purpose within four months of the expiration of the rental agreement, and only in the company of a prospective tenant or purchaser.

(5) When the landlord has reasonable cause to believe the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the premises.

(c) A landlord shall not abuse the right of access or use it to harass the tenant. Except as provided in this section or unless it is impracticable to do so, the landlord may show the premises at any reasonable time by giving the tenant at least two days' notice of the landlord's intent to enter and may enter only at reasonable times. Posting of a note on the primary door of entry to the residence of the tenant stating the intended time and purpose of the entry shall be a permitted method of notice for the purpose of the landlord's right of access to the premises.

(d) If a landlord provides separate from the lease in a general notice or an advance schedule in excess of two days for repairs, maintenance, pest control, or for service relating to health or safety, whether such notice is for a specific time or within a designated time period, then no additional day's notice is required to access the premises. A tenant may consent to provide a landlord with access to the premises with less than two days' notice.

(e) If a tenant requests repairs or maintenance or improvements to a dwelling unit, the tenant shall be deemed to have granted consent to the landlord to enter into the dwelling unit and make the repairs, maintenance, or improvements as requested by the tenant.

(Act 2006-316, p. 668, §1; Act 2009-633, p. 1939, §1; Act 2011-700, p. 2154, §1.)

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