My family rents a single family home that has a small backyard. We have been renters since July 2008 and for the first year we had a lease (it was specified as a one year lease) but the lease was never renewed and a new lease was never drawn up. My question is this: is the landlord able to access the backyard at any time without prior notice? Is the backyard considered part of the premises or is the inside of the house only considered? I have tried to look this up but everything I have read addresses multifamily units and / or apartments with common areas. Since this is a single family home we don't have any 'common areas' unless the backyard is considered a common area.