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VA: entering home; how must they notify?

Posted by Dan on July 25, 2000 at 11:06:14:

Our landlord had the need to enter our apartment to do some plumbing work.
They left a note on our door around 8pm last night, and said they would be here between 9am-5pm.
At 8:45am, they nocked twice then entered our apartment.

We have a large dog and had called the leasing office, asking them to not enter since we did not have sufficient enough notice to do something with our dog.
We would be at work, and since the only separate room in the aparatment is a bathroom, we would not leave our dog in a small bathroom all day.

They mentioned in their letter that if we had any questions, to call them.
We left our message, but the leasing office is not open until 10am, so they did not have a chance to listen to our message.

Also, they entered before 9am, disregarding their own notice. My wife was just out of the shower and in her towel.

Our lease states that they may enter the apparment in an emergency - which this was not. Its was routine maintence.
Our lease also states that they may enter with a reasonable notice. I do not feel that 12 hours is reasonable.

What legal actions/complaints can be taken to repremand the leasing company/landlord?
Any help is appreciated.

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