Post # 1
Are there any lawyer bees out there that can help with this– we are moving out of my apartment and gave notice to our landlords. Our landlords have had us show the place twice (they lost their key), but this past time neither of us were home. We said it was fine to show the apartment if someone was there, but we couldn’t have someone unsupervised in our apartment. We came home to a guy walking around our unlocked apartment alone, unsupervised. We are livid and I’d love advice on whether or not this is allowed /what we can do so it won’t happen again.
Post # 3
Read your lease first and see what that says. Landlord/tennant law varies widely state to state, but I get the feeling you at least have a valid argument that the landlord should’ve been with the guy.
Make sure all your stuff is still there, first of all, then just try talking to your landlord. Explain that you’re not sure if you misunderstood each other, but that until your time in the apartment is up, you’ll have your stuff there and you expect to maintain some level of privacy in the apartment. Explain again that you’re happy to help him show the place, and to that end, he’s more than welcome to bring people through when you and/or your Fiance are home, but number one, you can’t guarantee that the place will be show-ready if he’s just going to randomly bring people through, and two, it’s completely unacceptable for you to have strangers running unsupervised through what is still your home, and mention something like “I imagine you understand how disconcerting it would be to come home to a stranger in your home- we weren’t sure whether to call the police to report a break in or what!”
I don’t think your landlord can let people through your place unsupervised, but this law varies widely state to state, and I don’t know what your remedies would be or how to even go about pursuing them. But a lot of times, just talking it over calmly and rationally is helpful. Most people aren’t crazy, and you don’t mention your landlord doing crazy things before this, so hopefully it was a momentary lapse in judgment and he’ll be more reasonable in the future.
Post # 4
It doesn’t just vary state to state, it varies city to city. Look up your local city’s laws (they are usually online on the city’s municipal website).
Honestly, your best bet is to just call the landlord on it and tell him/her that it isn’t ok. By the time you could get it legally resolved, you’d have long moved on to your next residence.