I had Christmas lights ( all white ) on the top of the ceiling of my porch. When I got home from work today, the lights were gone and I found them in the garbage. He also took my "Beware of Dog" sigh and threw that away too. All happened within this week.
Not normally as long as you still are a tenant, unless he claims you are violating HOA rules with the lights and sign
From what you've said here, your landlord did violate some fairly basic landlord-tenant laws. Depending on how exactly this happened, I see a series of possible violations - trespass, interference with your "right to quiet enjoyment" of your property, theft, and maybe others. The severity of his wrongdoing depends on:
- whether he had to enter your home to take down the lights
- whether he had permission to enter the premises
- whether the lights were in a common area (if it's a multifamily)
- whether a third person or entity is also involved (for example, a condo association)
I hope this is helpful. If this is his normal behavior, you may want to do something about it. If he's otherwise a decent landlord, you may just want to keep this incident in your back pocket in case there's another dispute later on.
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