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Help! Landlord wants unlimited access for a month!!

Posted by Bev on September 09, 1999 at 19:45:53:

I'm hoping you can help. The landlord of an 800-unit apartment complex issued a letter Saturday stating that they would be replacing patio doors over the next several weeks. They requested that we:
A) Clear the patio of all plants, barbeques and other items (no word on where we should store the items)
B) Clear a four-foot area of all furniture and plants INSIDE the house next to the patio door ( word on where to put the 400-pound dining room table or costly computer equipment)
C) Remove blinds or window treatments ("if you require staff assistance, please call to arrange an appointment.")
The letter stated that "construction staff will be on the patio/balcony areas throughout the week prior to and after installation...We ask that all residents take precautions and utilize commonsense (sic) regarding valuables in your home. We will have a Lake Grove employees (sic) open/close all apartments...We have worked with Window Specialist previously and trust the company but we ask for your cooperation to secure your personal items."

This is an open order, and it seems the construction crews will be able to come and go at will. I am EXTREMELY hesitant to allow anyone into my apartment when I'm not present, because it would be impossible to secure thousands of dollars worth of stereo and computer equipment.
My question is: Can you point me to a New York statute that outlines how much notice a landlord must give prior to entering my apartment? If I have posted a note on the front door stating that "We wish to be present during any maintenance. Please call .. etc etc... am I protected from his/her intrusion?

Any help you can give would be much appreciated.

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