Tuesday, November 04, 2003
I am so incredibly angry and upset. 10 - 15 guys show up to remove and replace the gutters on the property today. They started at 8am this morning, and when I got home from school, all of my patio plants and furniture were covered with debris, and there were guys in almost all of the windows pounding and removing gutters.

Apparantly, the rental agency is unaware of these entrances to the premises, because the owner is booking all of this work and not letting the rental agency know. They claim these guys are the same ones (they aren't) that were working this summer, and are freaking out trying to get the work done, because the owner is flying in from out of town this week to check up on their progress.

I called the rental agency 3 times today-once in tears because of the havoc on my patio. I cannot study, because this place sounds like a war zone. I am so angry, and I will procede with this legally. They have violated renter rights laws, and have all summer long. Part of the laws state that there has to be a verbal agreement for an entry onto the premises, or a verbal agreement which states they can do so without our consent. There also has to be a "reasonable hours" entry onto the premises, which they have violated all summer long-showing up at 7am and showing up at 9pm-whenever they damn well feel like it-they also enter the basement, which is the BUILDING without any of the renters' consent.

Here is a copy of some of the laws in place. I'm not sure how I will pursue this, but pursue it I will. I refuse to let people reap havoc on my life and not take responsibility for it. Furthermore, they will probably need to compensate us financially for this.

25. Does my landlord have a right to enter the rented space?
Yes, at reasonable times. But the landlord must give a 24 hour verbal or written notice before entering, unless there is a very good reason for not giving you notice, such as an emergency or where you have agreed to let the landlord in without notice. The landlord may give the notice to you or, if it says so in your written rental agreement, the landlord can mail the notice and securely fasten a copy of the notice to your door. (The date on the postmark of the mailed notice is the date that you are officially "served.")

The landlord must also give you notice before entering the yard of a single-family residence, or any other space rented to one tenant. (The landlord is allowed to come on the property to put a notice on the door.)

A repair person hired by the landlord may also enter, but the landlord must first give you a 24-hour written notice which tells you the names of the workers and the work that is to be done.

The landlord and tenant may agree in writing that if theproperty is for sale, the landlord may enter at reasonable times, without giving notice, to show the premises to prospective buyers. Both the landlord and tenant must sign the agreement.

If a landlord enters the property without following these rules, a tenant can sue and ask for damages caused by the entry or one month's rent, whichever is more. (See note on Page 6.)


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