Q: My landlord entered my house while I was away on a work trip, they did not call me.
I was gone for a work trip for 3 days. While on my flight on my way home, I received a notification that my Ring alarm was going off and that there was entry through my front door. I texted my boyfriend and had him call the police for me since I didn’t have the ability to call while in flight. The police found a 24hrs notice of inspection taped to the front door from my landlord. They did not call, text, or email me. I had no idea this “inspection” was going to happen and I am very emotionally shook up. Today is Wednesday and their office closed at noon, but they tripped my alarm at 3pm. They also did not reach out to me after tripping my alarm. Is there any action I can take?
A: Your consternation is understandable but IF they posted the notice on your door at least 24 hours before they actually entered, it most likely is legal since posting it on your main entrance door is a lawful way of serving you with the notice. Want to avoid a repeat in the future? When you leave town, post your own note on the front door telling the landlord not to enter until after you get home and arrange it with you. Then if he enters in contravention of your note, you likely would be entitled to recover a month's rent for each such unlawful entry.
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