A landlord may only enter your rental dwelling with your permission or in the event of an emergency such as a fire or flood. A landlord must give you notice that they intend to enter your apartment at least 12 hours in advance. A landlord that is doing a repair in one room does not have a reason to inspect a different room unless the notice states that the landlord is doing an inspection in addition to the repair. You can also demad that you be home when they change the filters or do any repairs. You can not legally refuse to allow the landlord in but you can make reasonable demands, such as your presence during a repair, before you allow them in. If you do not give your permission, a landlord is committing a civil tresspass. Get a nanny cam and if the landlord goes through your drawers, cabinets etc without a legal reason, you can sue for invaided of privacy. As far as getting approved for $1,175 and paying $250 under the table, there are specific FEDERAL guidelines that forbid this practice. Make sure you get a reciept for your porton of the rent and get a reciept for the $250 under the table or pay with a money order that has a reciept. DO NOT PAY CASH without a reciept for "rent". You are legally responsible to pay the amount of rent that the lease requires you to pay. The landlord can not legally charge you more. The problem is that if you do not pay they will likely make other problems for you. Document everything. Seek help from Legal Services of Mid Florida. They handle public housing matters. You have more protections from the federal government so long as you stay current with your rent and report ALL your income and update all changes of income immeditally.