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A notice to enter notifies the tenant of the landlord’s intention to enter the residence at a specific date and time.

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Suppose you are a landlord who, for whatever reason, needs to enter your residential rental property. Even though you technically own the property, the presence of a tenant changes the rules. You will need to send a Notice to Enter to your tenant. 

 

Using a Notice to Enter letter not only keeps you compliant with any possible legal requirements, but it also creates a paper trail for you. Having all the correct documentation may be necessary if you are forced to seek further legal action.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

A notice to enter is a legal document/letter that notifies the tenant of the landlord’s intention to enter the residence at a specific date and time.

 

 

 

If you are a landlord who needs to gain access to your rental property, you are required to notify your tenant in advance of your intent to enter.

 

 

Even though the landlord owns the property, they can’t just barge into the tenant’s premises for any reason. Instead the landlord’s right to enter is limited to situations regarding the maintenance/repair of the property, the sale of the property (including the right to inspect/show the property), the exercise of the landlord’s legal rights, court orders, or for safety/health concerns.

 

 

Usually, the landlord will have to provide notice to enter the premises of the tenant. However, in the event of an emergency, the landlord does not have to provide notice. The events that constitute an emergency for landlord entry purpose are defined by state law.

 

 

State law dictates how much time in advance the notice must be received by the tenants.

 

State

Notice

State

Notice

State

Notice

Alabama

48 hrs

Kentucky

48 hrs

North Dakota

RN

Alaska

24 hrs

Louisiana

24 hrs

Ohio

24 hrs

Arizona

48 hrs

Maine

24 hrs

Oklahoma

24 hrs

Arkansas

RN

Maryland

24 hrs

Oregon

RN

California

RN

Massachusetts

RN

Pennsylvania

24 hrs

Colorado

24 hrs

Michigan

24 hrs

Rhode Island

48 hrs

Connecticut

RN

Minnesota

RN

South Carolina

24 hrs

Delaware

48 hrs

Mississippi

24 hrs

South Dakota

24 hrs

D.C.

24 hrs

Missouri

24 hrs

Tennessee

RN

Florida

12 hrs

Montana

24 hrs

Texas

24 hrs

Georgia

24 hrs

Nebraska

24 hrs

Utah

RN

Hawaii

48 hrs

Nevada

24 hrs

Vermont

48 hrs

Idaho

24 hrs

New Hampshire

RN

Virginia

24 hrs

Illinois

24 hrs

New Jersey

24 hrs

Washington

24/48*

Indiana

RN

New Mexico

24 hrs

West Virginia

24 hrs

Iowa

24 hrs

New York

24 hrs

Wisconsin

RN

Kansas

RN

North Carolina

24 hrs

Wyoming

24 hrs

 

All states designated “RN” require “reasonable notice” before entry. Most often, reasonable notice has been construed to be around 24 hours.

 

* In Washington, if you are showing the leased premises to prospective tenants, 24 hrs. notice is required. Otherwise, 48 hrs. is required.

 

 

The eviction notice is fairly straightforward and requires the following:

  • The name of the tenant(s);

  • The name and contact information of the landlord;

  • The physical address of the rental property;

  • The date and time the property will be entered;

  • Other details regarding the visit (why, who); and

  • The method of delivery for this notice.

 

 

 

Generally, you will hand deliver or affix the notice to the tenant’s door. You may mail the notice as well, but if you do then you’ll have to factor in mail delivery time to be compliant with the state’s notice requirements.

 

 

 

You do not need to file the notice in court; however, you should retain a copy of the notice for your records in the event you need to show proof before a judge.

 

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While a notice to enter does not have to be notarized, it must be signed by both the landlord and whoever delivers the notice to the tenant (if applicable). 

 

Please Note: The use of a notary ensures that no one challenges any signatures later and is a secure way to firmly establish the effectiveness of your document.