California 24-Hour Landlord Notice to Enter

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A California 24-hour notice to enter allows a landlord to enter the property of a tenant for non-emergency purposes. If the landlord is seeking to enter for a move-out inspection, at least 48 hours must be provided. Notices to the tenant must include the time and date when the landlord will be entering and is required to be during normal business hours. The notice can be left with someone who is at the premises, hung on the door, slipped underneath the door, or left in a place that can be discovered by the tenant.

LawsCivil Code § 1954

Notice can be used for

  • Repairs;
  • Alterations or improvements;
  • Necessary or agreed services; or
  • Show the residence to prospective tenants or purchasers, mortgagees, workers, or contractors to make an inspection (pursuant to Civil Code § 1950.5(f)).

Other Landlord Access

Abandonment (§ 1954(a)(3)) – Landlord may enter with no notice if the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the premises.

Emergency (§ 1954(a)(1)) – Landlord may enter the dwelling unit without the tenant’s consent in the case of an emergency (e.g. flooding, fire, etc.)

Move-Out Inspection (§ 1950.5(f)(1)) – Must present 48 notice to enter the property for the move-out inspection at the end of the lease term. (Use Move in/Move Out Checklist)