I live in a large house shared with several other roommates. The landlord has been letting himself in, often without a clear reason. This is illegal where I live. Sometimes I do not see him myself, but he leaves notes for us or makes changes to the house (for example he left a note of what appears to be a cleaning schedule). This is problematic because he doesn't know what the roommates have agreed to ourselves, and I just got everyone on board with our own cleaning schedule. Also, as an extreme example, I'd rather not be in the middle of a shower when he shuts off the hot water to do renovations.
How can I inform him that what he's doing is illegal, and provide him with a link to the requirements for entering the rental unit?
- I don't want to escalate situations
- I don't want to give the impression I'm doing something bad that I'm trying to hide from him, but I do feel it's inappropriate what he's doing
- it's technically a company instead of an individual landlord, but it's always the same guy and the company is small
- I would like to move out but per my lease; I'm staying for at least a couple more months.
I just spoke with an information officer regarding the applicable laws. I was partially mistaking. The landlord can let himself into common areas, such as the kitchen and laundry room, but needs a valid reason. Valid reasons do not count as things like checking to see how many garbage bags we have or if we remembered to clean the sink.
Just now some stranger entered the house. I asked who he was and he said 'the handy man'. I asked what he was doing and he said 'fixing the sink'. The sink was draining slowly but I didn't consider it a real problem.
I think I will write a message to the landlord saying it would be safer if we have warning who's coming into the house so that we don't let any random person in.