I rent a room in a rooming house. We have been having electrical issues and the circuit breaker keeps tripping. The manager came to my room and demanded to search for high-wattage items which would trip the breaker. They do a monthly room inspection anyways, but the last inspection I was not home for and the manager left my door wide open while I was not home for over 3 hours. The manager threatened to come in and search my room for these high wattage items. I told him to put the notice in writing. He wants to search my drawers, under the bed and in the closet for whatever he thinks he is looking for. I already know they have to give proper legal notice to enter, and that they are allowed to do a general inspection. Is searching my private personal belongings for unspecified electrical items allowed in any instance of the law?
No the landlord cannot search through your personal belongings. Such a search is almost certainly a violation of the covenant of quiet enjoyment and would entitle you to three months rent as damages. Check with a landlord tenant attorney on how to proceed.
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No your landlord can not enter your room and search your belongings, this in the very least is a violation of your right to quiet enjoyment of the property.
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