North Hollywood, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant, Small Claims and Real Estate Law for Arkansas

Q: What legal action can be taken if a property manager let a repair man in the unit without the permission of the tenant?

The property manager orally promised to not let anyone enter the property unless the tenant was told. A repair man was supposed to repair the oven door because it would not shut completely, even with it on. The property manager told the tenant that the repair man would come on the weekend and the man would call the tenant to let her know what time he would be there. He never called or showed. The following Monday the repair man showed up to the property at 11:30. The tenant was at work so the door was locked and the repair man called the tenant. He asked her if he could enter the property and the tenant said no. She was at work and did not feel comfortable letting the man in the house alone with her 12 year old child that was in the property. The repair man went to the property manager, told her that the tenant said he could enter the property, the property gave him a key without question, and the repair man went in the property with her child, without the tenant knowing.

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Anthony M. Avery
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  • Knoxville, TN

A: If you have a Lease Contract, then it probably allows this or generally makes repairs the Landlord's duty. You are lucky to have such a Landlord. I doubt you would have any damages even if the Contract prohibited this unannounced visit. Irregardless, there is no cause of action.

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