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    CHRISSYLOVE Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 26, 2007, 06:25 AM
    violation of privacy
    My landlord and I have an agreement that he will not walk people through my home. I have found out on two occasions that a realator brought people by but because I was there they could not enter. I will never give permission for someone to walk through my home with my belongings there. I work during the day and feel that my landlord would open my door to allow these actions, so I changed one of the locks on my door. My landlord would be able to use one of the locks to get in if he gives me 24 hour notice that he needs to come to work in the home. He has a problem with the lock and I feel it's because he can't get in when he wants to. This I feel is a violation of my privacy and I only resided there for a month and a half. What should I do?
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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Apr 26, 2007, 06:29 AM
    What does your lease say? Is your agreement in writing? I can understand not wanting people in the house when you are't there to supervise, but your stand against any attempts to show the house are unreasonable.
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    CHRISSYLOVE Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 26, 2007, 06:47 AM
    I have private belongings in my home. Why should anyone be in my house, I may something out that only my household members or husband is suppose to see? Who knows if they are not reading mail lying around that is personal and confidential. I feel that if there is no work to be done in the home the landlord should not allow himself to be let in unknowingly.
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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Apr 26, 2007, 07:28 AM
    I agree that the landlord should not be allowed in without notice. However, from your OP, it would seem that he is trying to sell the house. In that case, you need to provide access with reasonable notice. This means you have to be careful about leaving out things you don't want people to see.
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    excon Posts: 21,482, Reputation: 2992
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    Apr 26, 2007, 07:28 AM
    Hello C:

    You can't change the locks, and you CAN refuse UNREASONABLE entry. There IS a middle ground here. All you need to do is negotiate it.

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    Fr_Chuck Posts: 81,301, Reputation: 7692

    Apr 26, 2007, 07:44 AM
    Sorry but if they give you notice, they have a right to enter under any lease or rental agreement I have ever seen. If they are trying to sell the house and you are given notice, you have to allow them to come in, if you don't like it, sorry they have a right, Next if you change locks you have to give the landlord copies of the keys.

    This is just common practice, if the realitor is showing the house, they will have to be allowed access.

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