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How Often is it Reasonable to Have Your Apartment Inspected?

by Prince Of Petworth June 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm 50 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

My apartment building does mandatory inspections at least twice a year. They write people up for having dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor, etc. If you receive a violation, they come back (without your permission or you being there) to make sure that you have nothing on the floor / in the sink, etc. They also send in pest control people into every unit at least twice a year. So four times a year, my apartment is entered without my permission. They let us know this is happening by slipping flyers under our door somewhere between 48 hours to 24 hours in advance.

I keep my apartment extremely clean and never leave any dishes in the sink, dirty clothes on the floor, etc. but I find it really scary that someone (who knows who) is entering my apartment without me being able to be there. I travel often for work and the last time these inspections happened, I returned and found the flyer under my door, my apartment had clearly been entered, my bowl of little earrings had been knocked over and some were missing (probably from falling down cracks) but still – I was pretty unsettled about this. I emailed the building to ask them to never enter my apartment without me being there and they never responded. I then showed up in person to the leasing office and asked them to please not enter my apartment without me being there and they said that those were not the rules and that they were set by Borger Management who runs the building.

Since the women who work the leasing office seem to have no power to stop these inspections, how can I get my apartment building to stop entering my apartment without me being there? I like my apartment and I want to keep living there but I don’t really feel very safe knowing someone from the building is entering my apartment without my knowledge multiple times a year.”

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