Posted by James Shoo on August 12, 2000 at 11:49:52:
In Reply to: apartment entry posted by froilan lomotan on August 10, 2000 at 12:22:13:
Another possibility is that a former tenant kept a copy of the key and entered the apartment. I would ask to have the lock changed.
It is illegal, I think probably everywhere, for landlords to enter without notice, except in emergencies. However many landlords ignore the law because it is almost impossible to enforce. Even if someone video-taped the landlord entering, the LL could make up a story about it being an emergency.
I'd definitely talk to the landlord, because entering illegally is bad enough, but leaving the door unlocked or open is incredibly stupid.
Anyone who lives in an apartment should expect that the landlord or maintenance people will enter the apartment, and so the tenant should protect themselves. Get renter's insurance, keep valuables locked up or in bank safe deposit boxes, and consider storing large items you aren't using with relatives or friends who have houses.
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