What constitutes a legal 48 hour notice of entry?
May 26, 2011 3:01 PM Subscribe
WA state rental law question: What actually constitutes a legal 48 hour notice of entry?
posted by loquacious to Law & Government (8 answers total)
My apartment manager posts 48 hour entry notices on our (internal) apartment doors. No phone calls, no emails or other confirmation.
This is a problem because I may not even know that I have a notice posted on my door for up to 24 hours. (I'm able to stay indoors for up to a day or two sometimes, depending on the weather outside.)
It's also a problem because in the past I've had juvenile asshats remove the notice from my door and other people's doors and just litter them in the hallway or throw them away. (I once found a notice from my door in the hallway on the floor below mine.)
I do want to work with my landlord and be a good tenant and be available for repairs and inspections and all that good stuff, but this method of notification seems very iffy and problematic. We've had clashes before where she's been at my door without me receiving proper notification and it makes me look like an asshole and frustrates her job.
It's also extremely stressful for me as it triggers my anxiety/PTSD for a number of reasons. Yeah, I have issues and I'm a wimp, but this sort of short notice generally sends me into a panic as I try to sweep up and put away my laundry and prepare for being intruded upon. I'm usually unable to sleep the night before.
Is her method of posting 24 hour notices actually legal? I do believe I have a reasonable expectation to a mutually confirmed 48 hour notification.