What to do if I’m renting a room from my sister and her boyfriend and he thinks its okay for him to enter my bedroom at any time he wants to?

He enters my bedroom at any time he wants to whether I am at home or not without asking permission. Since I am paying him rent money is that legal?

Asked on September 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Nebraska

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, it is not.  It is a violation of your right to privacy.  In a landlord tenant situation - and renting a room creates the tenantcy just like renting an apartment - a landlord can only enter your premises with notice to make repairs or inspect unless there is an emergency.  Now the emergency has to be real: leak, etc. and the inspections can not be invasive or meant to harass.  Speak with your sister and let her know.  Good luck.

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Your question is not one so much of legality or illegality but rather one of being respectful and honoring boundaries. Since you are a tenant in the unit you share with your sister and your boyfriend, he has no right to simply enter your bedroom without your permission whether you are home or not at home.


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