New Port Richey, FL asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Florida

Q: Did my landlord violate my privacy?

So, I know I'm in the wrong too, but I need to see the best way to go about this. I have outside cats and just move where the landlord doesn't want animals, but they are outside cats. For my own reasons, I didn't mention it and just need a week or so for them to get use to their new surroundings. I noticed an issue with the ac after a couple of days and asked for him to look at this and it was very apparent that he used it as an excuse to look in every single room to see if I'm hiding anything. There was no reason the check every single vent. Now, if he found out about the cats a more legitimate was, I wouldn't be on here and just work with him to remedy this, but I feel like my privacy has been violated and need to know if what I feel is justfied.

3 Lawyer Answers

A: Sorry, but you probably violated your lease (which we cannot review here online), requested service and now are upset the landlord found out you have cats in his house. It is logical to check each AC vent when there is a complaint the AC is not working properly. A landlord in Florida has the right to inspect the property after reasonable notice and you noticed him to come on the property for a repair.

Bruce Alexander Minnick and Terrence H Thorgaard agree with this answer

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
Answered
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I assume you have a working knowledge of HVAC issues to determine that he didn't need to check every vent.

You asked him to fix the a/c, and he checked the speed at which the air is coming out of the vents in each room as well as the temperature, but because you are deliberately hiding cats, you want to put it on the landlord and accuse him of violating your privacy. My advice is stop thinking like a victim.

Richard Paul Zaretsky
Richard Paul Zaretsky
Answered
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Did you consider the Landlord's feelings? After all you essentially lied to the Landlord.

You are in the wrong and you should find the remedy yourself.

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