Minnesota Landlord Notice to Enter

Minnesota Landlord Notice to Enter

Last updated May 1st, 2023

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Minnesota notice to enter gives a tenant reasonable notice of a landlord’s entry into the premises. The notice is used to comply with Minnesota landlord-tenant law, which states that any time a landlord intends to access a residential unit, they must notify the tenants first. The notice describes why the landlord needs to enter and specifies the suggested date and time of their arrival. If the timing is inconvenient, the tenant should contact the landlord to schedule a different entry date.

Emergency Access (§ 504B.211(4)) – Landlords can enter the property without notice if they believe that immediate access is required to:

  • Prevent injury to the tenants or property.
  • Determine the safety of a tenant.
  • Comply with local laws regarding unlawful conduct taking place on the property.


A landlord must make a good faith effort to provide the tenant with reasonable notice of the planned entry (24 hours’ notice is generally considered reasonable).

Statute: Minn. Stat. § 504B.211(2)

Reasonable Purpose

Unless it’s an emergency, the landlord must have a reasonable business purpose to enter the property, such as:

  • Conducting repairs or other maintenance work.
  • Showing the property to new tenants, potential purchasers, or insurance representatives.
  • Allowing inspections for health, housing, building, fire prevention, or housing maintenance code violations.
  • Performing prearranged housekeeping work in properties occupied by senior citizens.
  • Inspecting the property following a disturbance by the tenant.
  • Inspecting the property if they believe there is a lease violation, an unauthorized occupant, or the property has been abandoned.

Statute: Minn. Stat. § 504B.211(3)

Entry During Tenant’s Absence

In cases where the tenant is absent and the landlord enters the premises without prior notice, the landlord must provide a written disclosure of the entry and place it in a noticeable location within the rental unit.

Statute: Minn. Stat. § 504B.211(5)