Delaware 2-Day Landlord Notice to Enter

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Delaware landlord’s notice to enter lets a landlord enter a dwelling occupied by a tenant for certain specified purposes. The landlord must give the tenant forty-eight (48) hours’ notice before entering and must enter between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., except in cases of emergency.

Laws Del. Code tit. 25 § 5509

Notice can be used for

  • Inspecting the premises;
  • Making necessary repairs, alterations, decorations or improvements;
  • Supplying services as agreed to; and
  • Exhibiting the rental unit to prospective purchasers, mortgagees or tenants.

Other Landlord Access

Repairs (§5509(b)) – If the tenant requests repairs from the landlord, the tenant will be deemed to have waived the requirement for 48 hours notice.

Showings (§5509(b)) – The landlord may give the tenant the option of signing an addendum to the rental agreement that allows the landlord to exhibit the rental unit to purchasers or prospective tenants without forty-eight (48) hours’ notice.

Meter reading (§5509(c)) – The landlord may enter the premises at reasonable times to read meters or examine appliances in order to evaluate utility consumption.