Reentry Law and Legal Definition

Reentry, in the context of real property rights, refers to taking back possession and going into real property which one owns. It usually occurs when a tenant has failed to pay rent or has abandoned the property, or the owner has regained possession by judgment in an unlawful detainer lawsuit. Reentry may also be allowed when a buyer defaults on payments on a contract of sale or upon foreclosure of a mortgage or deed of trust which secured a loan on the property. A clause in a lease or mortgage may provide for the right of reentry.

State laws, which vary by state, govern a landlord's right of reentry and whether notice must be given to the tenant prior to reentry. The right of reentry may not be used to harass a tenant.