Washington, D.C. 48-Hour Landlord Notice to Enter

A Washington D.C. 48-hour notice to enter is a document that a landlord provides to a tenant when they need access to the tenant’s rental unit. It can be a physical written notice or electronic communication, such as an email or mobile text message. However, if the landlord contacts the tenant electronically and they don’t respond, the landlord is required to follow up with a physical notice as well. The notice must explain why the landlord needs access to the unit, and the start and end date(s) of the planned entry. 

Laws§ 8-231.06, § 42-3505.51

Notice can be used for

  • Inspections;
  • Repairs;
  • Safety concerns; and
  • Services.

Other Landlord Access

Court Order (§ 8-231.06(c)) – If a tenant refuses access to a landlord for seven (7) days, the landlord can appeal to the court for a warrant to enter.

Emergency (§ 42-3505.51(a)(2)(A)) – A landlord can enter if they deem the property is unsafe from potential or real damage.

Property Showings (§ 42-3505.51(a)(2)(E)) – Showing the property to buyers, contractors, mortgage lenders, repair and service workers, and tenants.