Landlord leaves door unlocked, randoms trespass?
Hi, I live in an apartment which is managed by the landlord. The landlord was cleaning the apartment when they left my door unlocked, a couple days later random people enter and start going thru my stuff. I don t know yet if anything was taken or not. I have video evidence of each event. Is there any legal action I can take?
In the US
Little more background info on the situation. The landlord is a company that own the entire building, they do annual inspections and cleanings of public areas of the apartment (Its an apartment with a shared living room, kitchen between 4 people they assign). They notified my about the areas that were to be cleaned, in which my private room was not included. The door was unlocked when they were vacuuming in order to clean the carpet underneath the door, in which they leave the door unlocked.
On the day of the incident, I called the main office to ask them to lock my door immediately which they said they would. Today I find out that they still haven't locked it, and again I find people (not staff) going thru my stuff.
- G RLv 711 months ago
First off clarify why was the landlord cleaning your apartment?
- TiLv 711 months ago
When you sue someone, the burden of proof is yours. You need concrete proof that 1. the landlord left your door unlocked, and 2 that someone did indeed rummage through your stuff. Without proof you have no case.
- Casey YLv 711 months ago
Tricky one here. Are there any exterior doors to the complex which were locked? Or, does your door open to the outside without any secondary level of protection?
Landlord most likely liable...need to figure out if anything was actually stolen though.
Have you reported the trespassing to the police yet...you have video...and know they weren't part of the cleaning crew...
- SlumlordLv 711 months ago
If you have any actual losses, ie something was stolen; then you can demand recompense for the value of that. If you can't prove anything was taken then you have no loss and thus nothing to ask for in court.
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- babyboomer1001Lv 711 months ago
That depends. Are you paying the landlord to clean your apartment or is he doing you a favor, or what are the circumstances that bring him to clean "your" apartment?Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience.
- SimplytheFACTSLv 711 months ago
1st of all, its not the landlords job to clean your apartment.
where were you for a couple days that it was still unlocked?
okay....so try proving they left it unlocked, and it wasn't you...or the lock wasn't picked by someone else
- Anonymous11 months ago
The landlord is likely liable for any losses due to their negligence, talk to an attorney.