(Closed) Serious Questions for the rentors out there or any lawyers out there! PLZ HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

They cannot come in without notice. Especailly at that time of night, and they should not be going through your things either. I would def call the police because that is scary!!

Post # 4
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I know in WI, the landlord has to give 24 hour notice before entering, and to my knowledge, they have NEVER gone through personal belongings. If it’s a smoke detector check, they check and leave. I think what your landlord is doing is dangerously close to trespassing. Their methods (sneaking around, seemingly watching to see when you leave) would be enough for me to call a lawyer and/or the police.

Post # 5
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

ok, just read the part about missing panties – girl, I would eat that deposit and leave. And definitely call the police, there’s got to be some kind of violation here that breaks the contract. The laws regarding theft and trespassing trump anything in a contract.

Post # 6
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Check your signed lease on when and why your landlords can access. If they are breaking the lease, you can ask to get out of it. And you also have the right to call the cops. 

Post # 7
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t know the law in Kansas, but it takes a LOT to break a lease. Have you spoken to the landlords about this yet? Personally, I would schedule a meeting with the female landlord and talk her woman-to-woman. Let her know that as a female, it is very scary to have someone come into your home without notice. It’s possible that she’s not aware that it’s happening, or that her husband (or whoever is doing it) doesn’t realize how creepy it is.

Once you’ve met with her, send her a letter by certified mail reiterating your points and repreating whatever she promised to you (that it would stop, that she would get more information and get back to you, etc.) Certified mail costs $5 but it’s worth it in this situation.

That being said… Are you ever going to feel safe in this place? I think you shoul definitely talk to the landlords, but you should also be prepared to move.

Post # 8
2437 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hmm that is creepy. I thought that the landlord has to give notice before entering. Can you move? Set up a camera inside the house? I am not a lawyer, so I can not give legal advice, but maybe you could call the nonemergency police number and talkt to someone there about it.  

Post # 9
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would be furious if I were you. I’m not a lawyer so I don’t know how this works but I would think that you can absolutely use this to get out of your lease. However, I would highly suggest installing a nanny cam if I were you. If you have video footage of this happening, that’s all the proof you need. Regardless, these people have absolutely NO right to go through your things and if they really did steal your underwear, that’s a whole separate issue. Geez, I don’t even know you and I’m pissed off for you. What an invasion of privacy.

We suspected our complex of accessing our unit when we weren’t home so we quasi booby trapped the place. We put pieces of clear tape over the front door (we always use the garage door to enter/exit) so we’d know if they came in without our knowing. We also would leave random things in the way so that if someone did come in, they’d have to move them (I measured exact distances so I’d know if it was touched). If we leave for an extended period of time, we install a camera that we can access over wifi wherever we are.

If I were you, I would call the police just to inquire about checking for bugs. Maybe they can point you in the right direction for how to go about doing it yourself or they can send someone out to do it for you. I would absolutely deal with this asap and DO NOT let these people get away with what they’re doing. Maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if you thought there was an intruder in your home and you accidently shot one of them. Just a flesh wound, of course, lol. 

Post # 12
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

Have you thought about changing the locks on your door? Darling Husband and I did this in one apartment we stayed in and when we moved out we just left the landlord the keys to the new lock.


Post # 13
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I came home a few weeks ago to find a maintenance worker of our building opening our door with an exterminator. I had no idea that our apartment complex just opens people’s doors to allow the exterminator to come in when you’re not home – or if you’re home what if you’re sleeping or in the shower and all of a sudden you are awoken or stumbled upon by two grown men strangers in your apartment? It would have been nice of the complex to let us know that they do this! We took our key off the list and we told the complex that we will schedule our own exterminator appointments for when we will be home. My husband was furious! I totally understand where you’re coming from. I think you should find some nanny cams or things like that to try and get footage and I think you should talk to a local authority to see what can be done. Or perhaps go to a lawyer first with the evidence and lease agreement that you do have and see what he advises you before you talk to the cops. 

Post # 16
1077 posts
Bumble bee

@Mrs. Coyote:  Seconded. I would also call the police, even if they can’t do anything about it they can talk to your landlord and tell them this is a clear violation. 

In WA you have to give 24 hours notice, I think that is a nation-wide requirement unless you specifically waived that right in your rental agreement. Even in WA that is one of those things you cannot legally sign away your right to, so that may not even be a good excuse for their behavior. 

I would set-up a video camera and record them rummaging through your stuff. Then when you vacate refuse to pay your rent and press charges. People like this deserve to get in trouble for being creeps.

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