Posted by Ken on December 13, 2000 at 20:16:13:
In Reply to: stopping snoopy landlord, illegal charges posted by Chris on December 13, 2000 at 14:01:34:
In NYC you are legally entitled to place your own lock on the door, but if the landlord requests, you must provide him with a copy of the key. He needs to have access to your apartment in the event of an emergency and to perform other duties required of him by the lease. Refusing to provide access can get you evicted.
I'll add to some of the other advice that's been posted here. Common sense for ANY tenant should be to keep valuables and important documents in a bank safe deposit box, not in the apartment. You want to minimize your exposure to loss. Also, consider renter's insurance.
Also, while I would be cautioned upon hearing what the other tenants have said, realize that at this point its basically just gossip and does not change anything regarding your situation. If you should actually encounter such a problem with the LL, you'd have to asses the situation and take it from there.
If your building has 6 or more units your security deposit should be in a seperate account, though many small landlords don't.
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