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Old 01-08-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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Hello,

3 times in the past 3 weeks, my landlord has unlocked and entered my apartment without any permission (oral or written). The first 2 times, he came in with former tenants of the apartment to check for damages. The 3rd time he came in by himself. Is this legal? I'm pretty sure it's not. Is there an agency or something that I can report him too? The apartment is a Los Angeles 90034 address.

Also when I reported a serious ant problem to him (swarms of ants in the garage area, the front lawn, and in the kitchen and bathrooms of the apartment, he just used a spray bottle from the grocery store. Is this OK as well, or should he have hired professionals?

Thanks, any and all advise appreciated.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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I hope you didn't have any pets in the apt when he sprayed. Some sprays could be very harmful, especially to very small pets.

I would think he should have to give you notice of entering, but I do not know the laws. I would definitely speak to him and ask him to give you notice and ask for permission to enter if you are not there and it isn't an immergency situation.

I also had a landlord,many years ago when I rented a townhouse, who thought my garage was not clean enough. While I was at work he entered the garage, removed everything, washed the floor down with a hose and then put everything back. When I got home I thought my kids had done it. Then a friend called and asked who the guy in my garage was when she drove by. I truly believe that was trespassing - but I let it go. He actually wasn't even the landlord but the father of the landlord, and lived next door to me.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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It is against the law for a landlord to enter a unit (except for emergencies) without a 24 hour notice to the tenant.
This notice can be oral or written, but without it that landlord has no right entering your unit.
Bob.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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Absolutely, must give a 24 hour notice before entering, except for very rare circumstances.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies! Anyone know what I can do about it or who I can report him to? I've tried to talk to him about it, but he just says "Remember, you wrote me a note saying I could clean the apartment?". But actually the note was only for Dec 26-Dec 31, 2009 (which are the days he requested), and he entered the apartment on December 19 and twice on January 4th.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Contact the city housing department.
Bob.
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