My family was sued by the manager because another resident falsely claimed that they were attacked by our family dog and since then the manager has harassed my family. My family has an attorney and they received a notification in the mail that the manager's attorney filed a "request for dismissal." During these 2 months my family tendered rent as instructed by their attorney but the landlord rejected the rent. Now they were served a 3 day notice to pay the rejected rent or vacate the premises. In that notice also states that if my family would like to reschedule the inspection taking place tomorrow 10/23/2018 to call the leasing office, mind you my family never requested an inspection of their apartment. My family has lived there for 8+ years with no history of late rent ever or problems with anyone. Can the landlord enter the apartment knowing that the family dog is not in a cage and they are entering at their own risk although the dog is not aggressive they are strangers to the dog. Should they give a written notice to the manager refusing entry to the unit while they are not there? This manager has been managing the apartment complex for about 2 years.
Your family should timely pay the back rent demanded in the 3-day notice.
As for the inspection, the landlord can only enter upon proper notice, and for one of the limited reasons authorized under Civil Code Section 1954. Otherwise, you may lawfully refuse access (although it is often prudent to accommodate reasonable requests for access, especially if your tenancy is not protected by a local rent control/eviction control ordinance).
If the landlord retaliates against you, you would have rights under Civil Code Section 1942.5.
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