(Closed) Apartment living – Random inspections?!? Vent!!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have no idea about where you live, but where we live in Cali tenants need a 24 hour notice before entering the premises unless its an emergency.

Check your states laws and your contract.

Post # 4
3776 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

What?!  I have never heard of apartments inspecting your housekeeping.  That is strange.

Post # 5
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our managers ALWAYS give out notices at least a week before. I haven’t heard of that.

Post # 6
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

In July I came home one morning to find pest control with a maintenance worker letting themselves into our apartment. I was never told they let themselves into individual apartments when we moved in. My husband called the building and they took us off the key ring and now we make our own appointment with pest control. Our apartment was a mess that day too and I was mortified. 

Post # 7
2617 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Our first apartment that we lived in for like over 2 years did them every six momths, practically on the dot, but always gave us a notice.  The place we’re living at now, for 6+ months, hasn’t done any though.  DH & I are abnormally clean people haha, so I don’t worry about that, but I can see how your privacy would be affected.  Can you talk to them & in a friendly manner ask what they expect to see with these inspections?  Maybe by them seeing you’re involved will make them want to be less nosey?  I don’t know :/

Post # 9
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m pretty certain that in most places, landlords are required to give 24 hours notice before entering your apartment. 

Post # 10
986 posts
Busy bee

They have to give us 24 hours notice, and if they let themselves in, they obviously announce themselves and ask if everyone is decent. (thankfully, because TWO TIMES they’ve arrived as I was fresh out of the shower.)

Post # 11
7687 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@alotlikelove:  Google landlord tenant laws for your location. I believe it would be city or maybe county rather than state. In most places, they can not enter your unit without your permission unless there is an immediate threat to life or property (like, they can see smoke coming from under the door). A pest inspection is not an immediate threat. I lived in a city where if the landlord or their representative entered your dwellling without permission and without an immediate threat to life or property, you could sue them for 3x your monthly rent for each unlawful entry. I never did that, but I know several people who did and it was easy money until their landlords finally accepted the fact that just because they own the building, that does not give them the right to enter it any old time they want.

You DO have to make accommodations when they need to enter for maintenance though, so be sure to call them and set up a mutually convenient time anytime they give notice that they’ll need to enter. At least they’re trying to keep the pests under control, gotta give them credit for that! But no, they are (probably) not allowed to just come in without your permission when you’re not home.

Post # 12
3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It’s the law in MN to have 24 hours of advanced notice before entering your apartment unless there’s an emergency like fire or flood. However now that I think about it my old apartment had roaches and they didn’t always give us notice before pest control came in. One particularly mortifying visit was when all my roommates had left me alone with a weeks worth of dirty dishes while I was on crutches over spring break. My coworker actually came over to help me load and unload the dishwasher. 

Post # 13
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We signed a paper that denied access to our apartment unless someone was home to let them in.  We also found out we could opt out of pest control each time it was our building’s turn by signed a paper.  I don’t like the idea of maintenance having our key because I don’t like people in my home when I’m not there so I looked into every apartment rule that allowed me to keep them out of my apartment.

Post # 14
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Here they are not allowed to go into your apartment unless you are home and they have to give you at least 24 hours notice before they can come in or you can refuse the landlord in. 

Post # 15
1221 posts
Bumble bee

oh heck no!!! they should at least give a warning… my parents own the house we live in and they never even come over LOL like maybe to pick something up but would never come in unexpected and they have a keys


Post # 16
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Everywhere I’ve lived, they are required to give at least 24 hours notice that they will need to enter your unit.  Check you local laws.

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