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Can you please tell me whether the contract states anything about the landlord's rights to enter? Or, is it silent?
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IF THERE IS NOTHING IN THE LEASE ABOUT THIS, then default common law doctrine applies because no statute in Texas landlord/tenant law (Tex. Prop. Code Ch. 92) specifically touches base on this. Under common law doctrine, the landlord must provide reasonable notice (which normally translates into 24 hours minimum) and the entry must be during business hours (no late evening, or early morning, for example). But provided they do this, they can enter to exhibit property to potential tenants or buyers. (So, an hour's notice is arguably NOT reasonable under common law doctrine.)
IF THE LEASE DOES OUTLINE landlord's rights of entry, then this verbiage controls and overrides the common law doctrine mentioned above to the extent of what that particular verbiage covers.
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