Florida 12-Hour Notice to Enter (to Tenant)

Florida landlord’s notice to enter lets a tenant of an occupied dwelling know that the landlord intends to access the premises for certain approved purposes. Florida landlords are required to give at least twelve (12) hours’ notice before entering for some purposes. The landlord has a right to enter from time to time for other purposes, and in some cases may enter without notice.

Laws Fla. Stat. § 83.53

Notice can be used for

  • Making necessary or agreed on repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements.  These should be performed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Other Landlord Access

Servicing and exhibiting (Fla. Stat. § 83.53(2)): The landlord may also enter to supply agreed services, or to exhibit the dwelling to prospective or actual purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workers and contractors. In these instances, the landlord may enter under the following  circumstances:

  • With the consent of the tenant;
  • Without the consent of the tenant, if the tenant’s refusal is unreasonable;
  • In case of an emergency; and
  • Following an absence longer than one-and-a-half times the length of the periodic rental payments, so long as the tenant has not paid rent in this time period and has not notified the landlord of the absence.

Protecting and preserving (Fla. Stat. § 83.53(2)):  The landlord may enter an occupied dwelling at any time for the protection or preservation of the premises.