Seattle, WA asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Washington

Q: is it illegal for my roommates to go into my room while i’m at work and pack my stuff up to move their stuff in ?

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: If your roommates enter your room without your permission and handle your belongings, they might be infringing on several legal principles. Firstly, every individual has a recognized right to privacy. This extends to shared living spaces, where each resident typically has an expectation of privacy in their personal room. This unauthorized access could be seen as a breach of this privacy right. Secondly, if there's a rental or lease agreement in place, there might be specific clauses that address each tenant's rights to their personal space. Violating these terms can have legal consequences. Furthermore, their actions could potentially be seen as a form of conversion or trespass to chattels, which involves the unauthorized use or interference with another person's personal property.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Depending on the nature of what was done, it might be considered an invasion of privacy. Good luck

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