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Re: stopping snoopy landlord, illegal charges

Posted by Dawn on December 13, 2000 at 18:22:27:

In Reply to: stopping snoopy landlord, illegal charges posted by Chris on December 13, 2000 at 14:01:34:

Don't worry about not giving him the keys but DO send a polite short note asking for 24 hour notice (leave numbers LL can reach you at easily, voice mail is perfect because you get a day and time stamp as well as a voice recording) before gaining entry to your place. You can also note that with the 24 hour notice, there would be a time to arrange for a convenient/reasonable time of day for you and LL so you can be in the apartment. The LL needs access for repairs, but you can easily circumvent this by doing that note and sending it certified mail or fed ex, both of which require a signature of receipt. Keep a copy for your files, along with a copy of your lease, in a bank safety deposit box. If the landlord harrasses for a key, just nod, be polite but DON'T ever give them one. Don't leave your keys with anyone in your building either. Keep detailed notes of any future harrassment.

If you signed a lease, you are beholden to it til it expires. It's a legal agreement and document. Just pay your rent on time and go about your life. Good luck.

: I live in new york city and my landlord lives in the building. I have heard from the other tenants that he can be very sexually forward toward female friends and visitors of tenants, and snoops in peoples apartments quite frequently..reading their personal papers, moving things around, generally acting as if it is HIS place.

: I have bought a lock that i do not plan on giving him keys to. If he should complain, that i am keeping him out, does he have legal recourse? How do i stop him from snooping. I so far have not had problems, but i did see he has moved some things in my apartment around and i am worried.

: He also does not keep the security deposit in a separate interest bearing account. I just signed the lease and am very worried. If necessary can i get out of a lease if he should start harassing me?

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