Under what conditions can my landlord inspect my apartment?
April 10, 2011 12:13 PM Subscribe
My landlord (in Massachusetts) has given notice that they are inspecting my carbon monoxide detectors, but also intend to inspect faucets and thermostats. Is this legal?
posted by fogster to law & government (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My landlord slipped a note (a form letter seemingly distributed to all tenants) under my door that they will be entering my apartment on "Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday" to inspect carbon monoxide detectors as is required annually by order of their insurance company.
The note then launches into a rant about how water and oil prices have skyrocketed in the past year. (Heat and water are included in my rent.) They ask that tenants keep the heat down and report any dripping faucets. The note ends: "While maintenance is in the apartment they will be checking faucets and thermostats." For whatever reason, this really rubs me the wrong way and feels like an invasion of privacy.
You are not my lawyer, and I really don't intend to involve a lawyer. But is anyone able to give me pointers to resources which might answer whether this is permitted under Massachusetts law? (I'm fine with permitting them to check my CO detector, but take offense to them checking my faucets and thermostats, and with them giving me a multi-day range of when they will be entering my apartment.)