State Laws on Landlord's Access to Rental Property

State rules on when and how landlords may enter tenant rental units.

Many states have rules that specify circumstances when a landlord may enter a tenant’s rental unit (for example, to make repairs) and the amount of notice required for such entry (such as 24 hours in non-emergency situations). Here is a summary of state laws that protect tenant privacy. If your state does not have a specific statute on the subject, check if your lease or rental agreement includes a clause on landlord's entry to rental property. If not, contact a local tenants' rights group for help, or consult an attorney for serious privacy violations.

State Laws on Landlords Access to Rental Property

Reasons Landlord May Enter

State

State Law Citation

Amount of Notice Required in

Nonemergency Situations

To Deal With an

Emergency

To Inspect the

Premises

To Make Repairs, Alterations, or Improvements

To Show Property to Prospective Tenants or Purchasers

During Tenants

Extended Absence

Alabama

Ala. Code §§ 35-9A-303, 35-9A-423

Two days

X

X

X

X

X

Alaska

Alaska Stat. §§ 34.03.140, 34.03.230

24 hours

X

X

X

X

X

Arizona

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 33-1343

Two days (written or oral no- tice); notice period does not apply, and tenants consent is assumed, if entry is pursuant to tenants request for maintenance as prescribed in Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 33-1341, paragraph 8

X

X

X

X

Arkansas

Ark. Code Ann. § 18-17-602

No notice specified

X

X

X

California

Cal. Civ. Code § 1954

24 hours (48 hours for initial move-out inspection)

X

X

X

X

Colorado

No statute

Connecticut

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 47a-16 to 47a-16a

Reasonable notice

X

X

X

X

Delaware

Del. Code Ann. tit. 25, §§ 5509, 5510

Two days

X

X

X

X

D.C.

D.C. Code Ann. § 42-3505.51

48 hours

X

X

X

X

X

Florida

Fla. Stat. Ann. § 83.53

12 hours

X

X

X

X

X

Georgia

No statute

Hawaii

Haw. Rev. Stat. §§ 521-53, 521-70(b)

Two days

X

X

X

X

X

Idaho

No statute

Illinois

No statute

Indiana

Ind. Code Ann. § 32-31-5-6

Reasonable notice

X

X

X

X

Iowa

Iowa Code Ann. §§ 562A.19, 562A.28, 562A.29

24 hours

X

X

X

X

X

Kansas

Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 58-2557, 58-2565

Reasonable notice

X

X

X

X

X

Kentucky

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 383.615, 383.670

Two days

X

X

X

X

X

Louisiana

La. Civ. Code art. 2693

No notice specified

X

Maine

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, § 6025

24 hours

X

X

X

X

Maryland

No statute

Massachusetts

Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 186, § 15B(1)(a)

No notice specified

X

X

X

X

Michigan

No statute

Minnesota

Minn. Stat. Ann. § 504B.211

Reasonable notice

X

X

X

X

Mississippi

No statute

Missouri

No statute

Montana

Mont. Code Ann. §§ 70-24-312, 70-24-426

24 hours

X

X

X

X

X

Nebraska

Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 76-1423, 76-1432

One day

X

X

X

X

X

Nevada

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 118A.330

24 hours

X

X

X

X

New Hampshire

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 540-A:3

Notice that is adequate under the circumstances

X

X

X

X

New Jersey

N.J.A.C. 5:10-5.1

One day, by custom; in buildings with three or more units, one day (by regulation)

X

X

X

X

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 47-8-24, 47-8-34

24 hours

X

X

X

X

X

New York

No statute

North Carolina

No statute

North Dakota

N.D. Cent. Code § 47-16-07.3

Reasonable notice

X

X

X

X

Ohio

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 5321.04(A)(8), 5321.05(B)

24 hours

X

X

X

X

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 128

One day

X

X

X

X

Oregon

Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 90.322, 90.410

24 hours

X

X

X

X

X

Pennsylvania

No statute

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-26

Two days

X

X

X

X

X

South Carolina

S.C. Code Ann. §§ 27-40-530, 27-40-730

24 hours

X

X

X

X

X

South Dakota

No statute

Tennessee

Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 66-28-403, 66-28-507

24 hours (applies only within the final 30 days of the rental agreement term, when landlord intends to show the premises to prospective renters and this right of access is set forth in the rental agreement)

X

X

X

X

X

Texas

No statute

Utah

Utah Code Ann. §§ 57-22-4, 57-22-5(2)(c)

24 hours, unless rental agreement specifies otherwise

X

X

Vermont

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9, § 4460

48 hours

X

X

X

X

Virginia

Va. Code Ann. §§ 55-248.18, 55-248.33

For routine maintenance only: 24 hours, but no notice needed if entry follows tenants request for maintenance.

X

X

X

X

X

Washington

Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 59.18.150

Two days; one day to show property to actual or prospective tenants or buyers

X

X

X

X

West Virginia

No statute

Wisconsin

Wis. Stat. Ann. § 704.05(2)

Advance notice

X

X

X

X

Wyoming

No statute

Updated: November 2017

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