giving notice

GravyCakes GravyCakes
i'm thinking about complaining to the property manager of the apartment complex that i live in. in my contract, it says that they are not allowed to enter my apartment w/out a notice at least 24 hrs in advance. the last of my 2 room mates moved out this week. this means that maintenance people would be coming in to check the empty rooms & bathrooms & get them ready for the new people who will move in. i knew they would be doing this eventually, but did not know they would be doing it this week. this morning was the 3rd time in the past week that i have woken up to strange men in my apartment. i got no notice that they would be doing all that this week. it pisses me off b/c they wake me up, & more importantly, they knock once, wait 10 sec, then unlock my front door & come in. they don't come into my room since i renewed my lease, but still. i feel like it's an extreme violation of my privacy. ESPECIALLY SINCE I SLEEP NAKED!!!
08/04/2011
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GaelicInsanity GaelicInsanity
Quote:
Originally posted by GravyCakes
i'm thinking about complaining to the property manager of the apartment complex that i live in. in my contract, it says that they are not allowed to enter my apartment w/out a notice at least 24 hrs in advance. the last of my 2 room mates moved ... More
Complain! If you are uncomfortable, what can it hurt? You are paying THEM, not the other way around. Completely inappropriate, I say.

As a side thought, I'd install a chain on my door. Hard to get in if you put one of those on.

Good luck!
08/04/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
I'd definatley complain!
08/04/2011
CafeSabroso CafeSabroso
This would be a difficult area, since you have roommates. If you live alone and are the sole holder of the lease, the landlord has to give notice to you, but if you have roommates, notice might only have to be given to anyone on that lease. Check the Tenant Landlord Act for your state to see where you might stand. In most states you can't take action against the landlord until you have in writing notified them that they are not providing proper notice to enter your apartment. However, the landlord does have a legal and contractual right to enter the property. You may be able to negotiate a time with the landlord so that people aren't entering while you are asleep. If you decide to provide written notice, I would include the request that the landlord notify you to schedule a suitable date and time for entering the apartment.
08/04/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Quote:
Originally posted by GaelicInsanity
Complain! If you are uncomfortable, what can it hurt? You are paying THEM, not the other way around. Completely inappropriate, I say.

As a side thought, I'd install a chain on my door. Hard to get in if you put one of those on.

Good luck!
Agreed. Complain until they get the message!
08/04/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
it's in my lease that they have to give at least 24 hrs notice, & i'm not allowed to put a chain on my door. it's mostly students living here, so they have certain rules about making changes to the apartments since people are moving out every yr or semester.
08/04/2011
married with children married with children
I would say something. Bring a copy of the lease with you so you can point it out to the manager.
08/05/2011
js250 js250
I would say something!!! You are paying money for your lease and that is only fair and legal for them to follow the wording in the contract.
08/05/2011
Endocott Endocott
Usually a stop by the office and voicing your concern with management is enough for them to get off your back. I don't see why they are checking the apartment anyways--since you renewed, you're liable (unless for some strange reason they're giving the other roommates partial deposit?).
08/05/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
In that case, see if you have the type of lock that, when the key is inserted on the one side, it cannot be used on the other. That should stop them. If not, good luck with the manager.
08/05/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
Quote:
Originally posted by Endocott
Usually a stop by the office and voicing your concern with management is enough for them to get off your back. I don't see why they are checking the apartment anyways--since you renewed, you're liable (unless for some strange reason ... More
they're checking the empty rooms. you can't lease an entire apartment to yourself, you can only lease per room. the 3 of us pay different rents based on the size of our rooms. utilities are included, & if we go over, they split it up evenly b/w the 3 of us.
08/06/2011
Wildchild Wildchild
I would complain. Also checkout your states attorney general handbook on this topic. I know that New York and PA both have these. I am a leasing agent. The other thing I would do is contact legal aid to see if you qualify for a free lawyer. I can help you more with what I know. Just message me.
08/06/2011
kellyg kellyg
I would complain, and keep complaining. Rental laws are different in each state, I live in Arizona which is one of the worst states for rentees..We basically have no rights here, but whenever I had an issue I lodged a complaint, vocally, and in writing (keep a copy for yourself!) and kept doing so until things were addressed.

You shouldn't feel uncomfortable in your own place of living, especially when usually in a lease they are required to give you notice UNLESS there is a reasonable reason for emergency or lack of notice, however they word it, which from what it sounds like, is not the case here..

Sorry for the troubles, I know how that can be..utterly frustrating. And it becomes complicated with living situations like this, I know from personal experience from living in student living apartments..but same rules apply for basic rental rules.
08/06/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
Complain. Usually cities/municipalities have laws on the books for protecting renters privacy. I would complain to the management as well as what ever local authorities handle these things. And if nothing else contract the Better Business Bureau.
08/06/2011
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