Landlord-Tenant

Ask a landlord-tenant lawyer and get answers ASAP

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

The landlord seems to be disregarding this concept and continues…

Customer Question
The landlord seems to be...
The landlord seems to be disregarding this concept and continues to indicated that he expects me to allow him entry to begin work. I have repeatedly, in clearly stated written communications, noted that he does not have my authorization to do so. If workers show up at the door, or my landlord, what steps should I take?
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Landlord-Tenant
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Landlord-Tenant Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
2/24/2012
Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 6 years ago
Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Satisfied Customers: 103,584
Experience: Attorney
Verified
Hello,

You can simply not let them in. Period. You can even call the police if you have to. Unless the lease states otherwise, they cannot come in to renovate - only to fix needed problems.

The landlord may be anxious to renovate because they may have a sale soon, but that is too bad - for the duration of the tenancy, the access to the property in most situation is controlled by you.

You may also sue the landlord for trespass, and/or leave the property and sue him for constructive eviction and trespass.

I hope you found my answer helpful, and if so please do not forget to click ACCEPT. This is the only way for me to get credit for my work – I receive no credit for my time with you unless you actually press ACCEPT, even if you already have a subscription. If you need more information, please use the REPLY button and I’d be more than happy to answer to your satisfaction. There is no fee for follow up questions before or after accepting, if we continue the conversation. If you feel that I went an extra step to help you, a bonus in the form of another accept or an “add on” (available after you accept) is truly appreciated. You can always link to my profile for another question at a later time:

http://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-elyJD/
Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Satisfied Customers: 103,584
Experience: Attorney
Verified
Ely and 87 other Landlord-Tenant Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 6 years ago
The confusion is that there is mold that needs to be repaired/remediated in an adjacent bedroom, to which I not only consent, but am eager to have resolved. He is trying to connect this needed repair with a kitchen update "and other improvements" since I will already be disrupted. They are not connected, but would be convenient for him. Any other considerations with this in mind? It is the difference of me being displaced for 2-3 days versus 2-3 weeks.
Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 6 years ago
Then he can only repair what you consent to and what is needed. Otherwise he is out of luck. Either he does what is necessary, or he does not do it (and if this is a repair that is needed, then he must do it). You hold all the cards here - use that leverage. Perhaps ask him to lower the next month's rent for allowing him to inconvenience you with the secondary non-mandatory repair...

There is a difference at you being displaced but again, he cannot do anything without your permission. Don't allow him to bully you!

I hope you found my answer helpful, and if so please do not forget to click ACCEPT. This is the only way for me to get credit for my work – I receive no credit for my time with you unless you actually press ACCEPT, even if you already have a subscription. If you need more information, please use the REPLY button and I’d be more than happy to answer to your satisfaction. There is no fee for follow up questions before or after accepting, if we continue the conversation. If you feel that I went an extra step to help you, a bonus in the form of another accept or an “add on” (available after you accept) is truly appreciated. You can always link to my profile for another question at a later time:

http://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-elyJD/
Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Satisfied Customers: 103,584
Experience: Attorney
Verified
Ely and 87 other Landlord-Tenant Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Thanks - hit the nail on the head - feeling bullied.
Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 6 years ago
Right. Don't be - you have the leverage here.
Ask Your Own Landlord-Tenant Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Ely Your Own Question
Ely
Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Satisfied Customers: 103,584
103,584 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Attorney

Ely is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Thomas McJD

Thomas McJD

Lawyer

46 satisfied customers

Landlord-Tenant Law Expert

LegalWiseNC

LegalWiseNC

Attorney

0 satisfied customers

Licensed Attorney in North Carolina.

barristerinky

barristerinky

Attorney

4,430 satisfied customers

Attorney over 17 years, landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Attorney

2,264 satisfied customers

Experience representing landlords and tenants.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

1,379 satisfied customers

Licensed in multiple jurisdictions. Experienced Landlord-Tenant attorney.

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

103,584 satisfied customers

Attorney

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

1,055 satisfied customers

I have handled Real Estate and Landlord Tenant matters for more than two decades.

< Previous | Next >

Related Landlord-Tenant Questions
Attorney2, Are you available for questions about our rights
Attorney2, Are you available for questions about our rights regarding our landlord's desire to show our house for sale while we still occupy it?… read more
Attyadvisor
Attyadvisor
Doctoral Degree
8,366 satisfied customers
Short Story: Solano County CA: Apartment flooding, landlord
Short Story: Solano County CA: Apartment flooding, landlord entry without contacting me. Apartment not left in habitable condition. Repeated entry without contact. Management has never contacted me re… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
12,822 satisfied customers
I've never tried this online but seems like a good idea. My
Hello, I've never tried this online but seems like a good idea. My cousin has a consignment/estate sale business. She lives in a small NJ town, Columbus. She and the landlord had a verbal agreement to… read more
MDLaw
MDLaw
Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
358 satisfied customers
Landlord starts unlocking tenant's door without 24 hour
Landlord starts unlocking tenant's door without 24 hour written notice or emergency. Tenant tries to close door. Landlord calls police. Tenant charged with assault. How can this be?… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers
What is considered acceptable or reasonable notice when a
what is considered acceptable or reasonable notice when a landlord wants to show a home that a family is currently living in. Also frequency of showings?… read more
barristerinky
barristerinky
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
4,430 satisfied customers
I'm in California. The property I rent is owned by a man.
I'm in California. The property I rent is owned by a man. This property has a chain link fence all around it. A person claiming to be his daughter jumped the fence onto the property. Before police cou… read more
Christopher B, Esq.
Christopher B, Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
2,218 satisfied customers
What I can do to prevent my tenants from moving in other
What I can do to prevent my tenants from moving in other people to try and cover their rent increase? The lease agreement ONLY lists 2 tenants and explicitly states that no other person(s) shall inhab… read more
CalAttorney2
CalAttorney2
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
8,845 satisfied customers
My landlord seems to want to turn his property into a
My landlord seems to want to turn his property into a compound, where all his friends can live together. I live across the street, and see the writing on the wall. I'm on a month-to-month lease, so no… read more
Christopher B, Esq.
Christopher B, Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
2,218 satisfied customers
If my landlord is selling the property I currently reside in,
If my landlord is selling the property I currently reside in, what are my rights in terms of showing the house to potential buyers and real estate agents?… read more
Law Pro
Law Pro
Doctoral Degree
19,000 satisfied customers
My landlords are husband and wife. The husband is the handy
My landlords are husband and wife. The husband is the handy man the wife is essentially the property manager. I have given my notice and the husband has been doing repairs with 24 hour notice and a st… read more
barristerinky
barristerinky
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
4,430 satisfied customers
HI: I have a lease that I want to break for a home rental
HI: I have a lease that I want to break for a home rental based on >10 incidences of the landlord entering the property with either no notice or less than 24 hours notice, is there a template for a… read more
MShore Law
MShore Law
Doctoral Degree
1,233 satisfied customers
My tenant gave me a 30 day notice regarding moving out. That
My tenant gave me a 30 day notice regarding moving out. That is fine but she said I can not show the apartment for 3 weeks. Can she keep me showing the unit? This will cause a delay in my ability to r… read more
kattorney
kattorney
attorney
Doctoral Degree
209 satisfied customers
Is this email accurate if I send it to my landlord in the state
Is this email accurate if I send it to my landlord in the state of wa? He said that we own him because he lost a potential tentant yesterday, what if we have not formally communicated we were not rene… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,528 satisfied customers
I recently moved to Colorado and the condo I am renting the
I recently moved to Colorado and the condo I am renting the locks nor the garage door was changed before I moved in and the owners knew that they were missing a garage door opener. My condo was broken… read more
TaxAttorneytoHelp
TaxAttorneytoHelp
Owner
Doctoral Degree
2,542 satisfied customers
My landlord has repeatedly entered my bedroom, rearranged my
My landlord has repeatedly entered my bedroom, rearranged my personal effects, and damaged some of them. landlord also allows prospective tenants in my bedroom when I am absent against my written requ… read more
Richard - Bizlaw
Richard - Bizlaw
Juris Doctor
3,773 satisfied customers
I am trying to sell my rental home, it is still occupied by
I am trying to sell my rental home, it is still occupied by the current tenants that are under a lease. They have hired an attorney to modify the lease to be able to leave, yet are not allowing me to … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,823 satisfied customers
We have leased a townhome over the past 12 months through a
We have leased a townhome over the past 12 months through a property manager. Our lease actually ran out on 12/31/11. We had tried to get another lease but the property manager said the owners were co… read more
Dimitry K., Esq.
Dimitry K., Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
1,379 satisfied customers
I just gave my landlord notice of moving where I might
I just gave my landlord notice of moving where I might cancel the notice. My landlord's lease indicates notice on the 1st of the month. However, the people where I am moving haven't moved yet. I am si… read more
JG
JG
Doctoral Degree
258 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x