If you`re a landlord or a tenant in a residential property, you`ll need to familiarize yourself with the Residential Tenancy Agreement (RTA). This is a legal document that outlines the terms and conditions of the tenancy. Section 98 of the RTA deals with the landlord`s right to enter the premises.

According to Section 98, a landlord can enter a rental property if:

1. The tenant has given permission.

2. The landlord has given the tenant reasonable notice (at least 24 hours) of their intention to enter.

3. The landlord has a valid reason for entering the property. Valid reasons may include inspecting the premises, making repairs, or showing the property to potential tenants.

If the landlord wants to enter the property without the tenant`s permission, they must apply for an order from the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB). The RTB will only grant such an order if the landlord can prove that there is an urgent situation that requires immediate access to the property.

It`s important to note that a landlord cannot enter a rental property for any reason they choose. They must have a valid reason, and they must give the tenant reasonable notice. If the landlord violates Section 98, the tenant may file a complaint with the RTB.

As a tenant, it`s important to know your rights under the RTA. If your landlord is trying to enter your premises without a valid reason or without giving you proper notice, you have the right to refuse entry. You can also file a complaint with the RTB if your rights have been violated.

In conclusion, Section 98 of the Residential Tenancy Agreement is an important provision that protects both landlords and tenants. Landlords have the right to enter their rental properties, but they must do so in accordance with the RTA. Tenants have the right to privacy and to be notified when their landlord plans to enter the property. By understanding Section 98, both landlords and tenants can ensure a smoother, more mutually respectful tenancy.