Mitchell, SD asked in Landlord - Tenant for South Dakota

Q: Can I sue my apartment complex for leaving my front door wide open for several hours after they were done inside?

I came home one night from work to find my front door wide open. I checked and nothing was missing but I was still upset. Maintenance had called the day before saying they were going to come take a look at the AC unit as we recently had a bat crawl inside our apartment from the AC unit. I informed them and property management that the problem is on the outside of the building where the back side of the AC unit is not inside. Is there anything I can do? I’m just so mad and upset that this happened. I feel like they should have been more responsible about closing the door.

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A: I would report it and move on.

You suffered no damages, so what would you be suing for?

This is one of the many reasons I always recommend tenants be present when maintenance workers are inside rented premises. As inconvenient as it may be to miss work, it prevents many potential problems. That’s a reason to negotiate PTO with your employer

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