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Updated August 01, 2022

A landlord’s notice to enter is a letter given by a landlord to a tenant to enter the premises in accordance with bbin电竞官网官方永久 law. This is most commonly for routine maintenance, a showing, or to inspect the premises. A landlord may not abuse this right and multiple notices without cause could be considered harassment.

Emergencies – In the case of a fire, flooding, or another emergency, the landlord has the right to enter the tenant’s property immediately .

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How to Enter a Tenant’s Property

Step 1 – Write the Reason for Entering

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There are commonly three (3) reasons for entering the premises:

  • Repairs and maintenance;
  • Agent showings; and
  • General inspection of the premises.

Any other reason may be detailed in the notice. It is recommended that a landlord enter a tenant’s property no more than once per month.

Step 2 – Enter the Notice Period

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Use the Notice Periods by bbin电竞官网官方永久 to determine the required time duration. If the bbin电竞官网官方永久 has no laws, it is highly recommended that at least 24 hours be given as proper notice.

Step 3 – Deliver the Notice

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For court purposes, must be delivered either in person, hung on the door, or by standard or certified mail. Although, most landlords will text or call the tenant.

Step 4 – Enter the Property

landlord ringing doorbell of tenant's unit

Wait the time period and afterward enter the property. In most bbin电竞官网官方永久s, the landlord is required to enter the premises during normal working hours and convenient for the tenant.

Required Notice Periods

bbin电竞官网官方永久 Required Notice Period Statute
  Alabama 2 days § 35-9A-303
  Alaska 24 hours § 34.03.140
  Arizona 48 hours ARS 33-1343
  Arkansas No statute
  California 24 hours CIV § 1954
 Colorado No statute
  Connecticut “Reasonable notice” § 47a-16
  Delaware 48 hours Title 25 § 5509
  Florida 24 hours § 83.53
  Georgia No statute
  Hawaii 2 days § 521-53
  Idaho No statute
  Illinois No statute
  Indiana Reasonable notice § 32-31-5-6
  Iowa 24 hours § 562A.19
  Kansas “Reasonable notice” § 58-2557
  Kentucky 2 days § 383.585
  Louisiana No statute
Maine 24 hours § 6025
Maryland No statute
Massachusetts No statute
Michigan No statute
Minnesota “Reasonable notice” § 504B.211(Subd. 2)
  Mississippi No statute
  Missouri No statute
  Montana 24 hours § 70-24-312
  Nebraska 24 hours § 76-1423
  Nevada 24 hours NRS 118A.330
 New Hampshire “Reasonable notice” RSA 540-A:3
 New Jersey 1 day NJSA 2A:39-1 , § 5:10-5.10
 New Mexico 24 hours § 47-8-24, § 47-8-34
  New York “Reasonable notice” Residential Tenants’ Rights Guide (page 54)
  North Carolina No statute
  North Dakota “Reasonable notice” § 47-16-07.3
  Ohio 24 hours § 5321.04 , §5321.05(B)
  Oklahoma 1 day § 41-128
  Oregon 24 hours § 90.322
  Pennsylvania No statute
 Rhode Island 2 days § 34-18-26 , §34-18-39
  South Carolina 24 hours § 27-40-530 , §27-40-720 , §27-40-730
  South Dakota  No statute
  Tennessee “Reasonable notice” § 66-28
  Texas No statute
  Utah 24 hours § 57-22-4 , § 57-22-5(2)(c)
  Vermont 48 hours § 4460
  Virginia 24 hours § 1229 , § 1248 , § 1249
  Washington 2 day § 59.18.150
Washington D.C. 48 hours § 8–231.06(a)
West Virginia No statute
  Wisconsin 12 hours §704.05(2) , ATCP 134.09
  Wyoming No statute

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How to Write

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Step 1 – Download the document – Owner or Agent must enter the applicable state statute then enter the following:

  • Provide the name of the lessee and all other tenants who reside upon the property
  • Submit the complete address of the premises
  • Enter the date in mm/dd/yyyy, in which the owner/agent/employee shall enter the premises
  • Check the box(es) preceding the reasons(s) for entering the premises
  • Date the owner/agent’s signature in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Owner/agent’s signature
  • Review the statement just prior to the “Proof of service” box.

Step 2 –  Proof of Service Document –

  • This document is to be completed and signature must be submitted, by the process server only, once service of the document has been completed.