Posted by Jimmy Legs on March 27, 2001 at 16:35:44:
In Reply to: Re: Can landlord enter apartment whenever they want posted by Ace on March 27, 2001 at 11:38:51:
i don't know the specifics of the laws, but i don't think it's legal to change the locks on a place you rent and not give the landlord the key. still, what this guy is doing is wrong. while a landlord does own the property he rents, he can't come in for no reason, and even with a reason should give reasonable notice before barging in. in new york, however, there is no specific law stating a landlord must give prior notice (it may be different in Mass). if he doesn't have a good reason for entering, then he is just doing it because he's annoying or nuts. put your rent in escrow and tell him he can have it when your rental property meets the "quiet enjoyment and habitability" criterion of your lease (standard lease aspect).
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