Landlord Notice to Enter Template

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A landlord’s notice to enter is a letter given by a landlord to a tenant to enter the premises in accordance with State 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.

By State

By Type

24-Hour Notice to Enter

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48-Hour Notice to Enter

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Table of Contents

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

Use the Notice Periods by State to determine the required time duration. If the State has no laws, it is highly recommended that at least 24 hours be given as proper notice.

Step 3 – Deliver the Notice

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

Wait the time period and afterward enter the property. In most States, the landlord is required to enter the premises during normal working hours and convenient for the tenant.

Required Notice Periods

State 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 12 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

(Video) What is a Notice to Enter?

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.