Keeping apartment safe during maintenance
December 21, 2010 5:14 PM Subscribe
My landlord wants me to leave my apartment unlocked so maintenance people can enter during the day. This makes me uncomfortable. How much should I push back?
posted by Maarika to home & garden (35 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm renting a condo from an individual owner who, despite living 5 blocks away, refuses to come on-site to let in maintenance people. An upstairs pipe burst a couple weeks ago and ruined the bathroom ceiling/walls, and we now have maintenance guys coming every day to check moisture levels and randomly cut chunks out of the plaster. There's an on-site condo board president who my landlord usually calls on to unlock the door, but when he isn't around, the landlord expects me to let people into the unit. Tomorrow I absolutely can't, and he wants me to leave the door unlocked.
This makes me uncomfortable, mostly because I have the unit closest to the building's front door. While that door requires a separate key (or phone buzz), it does not close/latch securely about half of the time.
Additionally, my landlord plans to have more extensive repair/lead abatement done while I am out of town. What will stop them from leaving my door unlocked then, possibly for days at a time?
Am I overreacting? How can I effectively express my concern? How much can/should I push back here?