During the course of a tenancy the landlord will need to enter the unit for repairs, maintenance, or an emergency. When the entry is due to an emergency no notice period is required. But when the entry is for inspection, scheduled maintenance, repairs, or due to a request of the tenant, the landlord must give at least 24 hours notice of the entry. During an extended absence where the landlord has been informed of the absence by the tenant, the landlord may enter the unit without notice as necessary for inspection, maintenance, or repairs.
For emergency entry the landlord does not need consent from the tenant to enter. For non-emergency access to the premises the landlord must provide a written notice to the tenant of the intent to enter, the purpose for the entry, and the date and reasonable estimate of the time frame of the entry. Of course, the tenant can always consent to an entry earlier than 24 hours from the notice and a landlord can always accept a later time as well.
Where the 24 hour notice period does not pertain is for entry by the landlord to perform repairs or services within seven days of a request by the tenant, or when the landlord is accompanied by a public official conducting an inspection or a cable television, electric, gas or telephone company representative. In addition, in cases where the tenant gives reasonable prior notice and alternate times or dates for entry and it is practicable to do so, then the landlord should attempt to reasonably accommodate the alternate time of entry.