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.

Reasons Landlord May Enter Rental Unit

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 Tenant’s 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 notice); notice period does not apply, and tenant’s consent is assumed, if entry is pursuant to tenant’s 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
NewHampshire 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 tenant’s 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

To learn more about the rules limiting a landlord's access to rental property, see Nolo's book, Every Tenant's Legal Guide.

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