Would you tell your landlord/building manager?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: would you tell your landlord/building manager you're going away?
    Yes : (10 votes)
    32 %
    No : (20 votes)
    65 %
    Maybe - I'll explain : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2016 - Rosewater Room

    We always told our building manager when we weren’t going to be around – but she was like a hawk; I swear all she did when she wasn’t prowling the grounds was watch the front door cam and ambush people she didn’t know to make sure they should be in the building – many a soliciter was turned away. She was very forward about the security of the building, so we felt safter having her know.

    Here, a building manager or landlord can’t enter your unit without 24 hours written notice; since you’ll be away, they would only be able to enter the unit if there was an emergency that justified it. Are you concerned that the building manager is going to enter your unit for some reason when you’re not there?

    Post # 3
    Member
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    MsGinkgo:  We don’t. I don’t trust my LL. 

    I work for a property management company, and we never ask tenants to let us know when they will be away so we can “keep an eye” on their place. That sounds fishy. If we ever need to get into someone’s apartment its bc there is an emergency, leak, or smell, etc. But the tenant will get a phone call and let them know that we need to get into their place. 

    My LL just goes in without notice, and I don’t like that. If you need to get into our apartment, please let me know. We went away for a week and a half and when we came back I saw that they tried to get into our apartment. I knew because we have 2 locks, and they only have the key for one of the locks. And I locked both locks when we left, and I came back and saw that only one was locked. We were never notified that they tried to get in, and it makes me uncomfortable. 

    Thank goodness I only have 2 more months left in this place. The next place I am going to is a 2 family house, 1 tenant on the 2nd floor, 1 in the basement and then us on the first floor. Our LL (who also happens to be our close friends) will be in another state. However, if for some reason they had to come back and get into our place, I wouldn’t care because I know them Lol, so I won’t have the same trust issues I do now.

    Post # 5
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    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    MsGinkgo:  We now live in a freestanding house so we are getting someone to housesit and letting a trusted neighbour know we will be away and who will be around… But in the past we did let our landlords know. However, we rented directly from the owners and in both cases they lived in the same block anyway. We never told the building manager when we were going to be away though.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1131 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Check your lease. If it says you are required to give notice for leaving for an extended period of time then you are legally obligated to do so. Otherwise you may be liable for potential damage to the apartment while you are away (burst pipe, leaky ceiling, etc)

     

    If there is no such inclusion in your lease, well, they can fuck right off.

    Post # 7
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    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    MsGinkgo:  Have the postal service put a hold on your mail delivery until you get back.  

    Post # 8
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    1131 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Another option would be to ask a friend to stay in your place while you’re gone. That is if you are required by your lease to give notice.

    Post # 9
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    3635 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Stop your mail at the post office, they’ll hold it until you get back.  I probably wouldn’t tell them, either.  

    Post # 11
    Member
    1230 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    MsGinkgo:  No. They don’t need to know. We told our landlords we were going on vacation, but that’s because we went when a snowstorm hit and worried about pipes freezing, etc. That clearly isn’t a concern for you. I would be more concerned with strangers knowing when I was away.

    Post # 12
    Member
    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2016 - Rosewater Room

    MsGinkgo:  Are you close with any of your neighbors in the building? Perhaps get one of them to make sure that anything left at your door is collected? Or have a friend come in once or twice while you’re gone just to check the mail?

    Post # 13
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    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    MsGinkgo:  Thats kind of weird, have you noticed these flyers before around the holidays? And you say you don’t really trust them- follow your gut its usually right. 

    I wouldnt say anything and just ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on the place/ collect your mail. 

    Post # 15
    Member
    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2016 - Rosewater Room

    MsGinkgo:  Well I can tell you from personal experience that when I had to forward my mail, Canada Post did get it right. I’m sure if you put the request in to hold your mail, they’ll get it right and I’m sure they’re used to holding it for people over the holidays! Sucks to have to pay for the service but it seems like it can be pretty cheap, $20 for the first 10 weekdays, which would cover your entire vacation since a bunch of days are holidays. 

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