Can my landlord move/touch my personal belongings when showing the house to potential tenants
I rent a private single family home from my former father-in-law. I have lived there 20 years and the last 6 years i have been renting from him since my divorce. I informed him in January that I will be moving out at the end of May. We have no lease agreement, it's been month to month. He is now showing the house to potential tenants. At first he wasnt notifying me when he was bringing people over. I've noticed that he moves some of mine and my daughters things around. Can he do that?
I agree with Attorney Saccardi that your landlord should not be moving your things unless they create some kind of hazard. However, given the fact that he moves your things, and had been bringing people in without notice, I would also advise as a precautionary measure to make sure you inventory all of your valuable stuff, and then keep it locked up when you leave the house for the day. You don't want the things being moved around to disappear entirely.
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While he may show the apartment with proper notice (usually 24 hours), he does not have a right to touch your personal belongings. Having said that, if you have items on the floor that could pose a hazard to the people coming the view the place, he could probably make an argument for moving them to the side. But simply rearranging your furniture without your permission sounds excessive. If that is the case, you may consider talking to him first about it, if you haven't already. Otherwise, you could consider writing a letter so you have evidence that he is on notice about the issue. It's hard to see any actual legal action you could take, however, as there is probably some gray area here. Good luck!
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