What notice does the landlord need to give to enter my rental houseif Ipay for a room with common areas?

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What notice does the landlord need to give to enter my rental houseif Ipay for a room with common areas?

I live in a employee house where I rent a bedroom with a bathroom and a shared common living room and kitchen. I pay $135 a week but never signed a lease. On several occasions the general manager of the club has entered the home without any prior knowledge to myself or the other tenant. I am a women and am scared now to be in this house. I need to know what my rights are. I live and work for this club and now they are using audio surveillance where I work. I feel like this is borderline invasive and against my personal safety and civil rights.

Asked on September 19, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Audio surveillance outside of your home is allowable. Audio surveillance in your home (where you are a tenant and expect privacy) is not allowed. Your landlord must give you notice (usually 24 to 48 hours) prior to entry. Check your lease agreement and then if there is nothing mentioned in there, you may wish to review the state law regarding such entry. In Florida, I believe tenants are required to be given notice in writing and the notice must be in a reasonable time to enter for repairs, to show the premises for other prospective tenants and for improvements and inspections. As to entering at any time without notice, in Florida it is only limited to emergencies, if you the tenant has given consent for him to enter at any time or if you unreasonably withhold consent. If he is violating the state law, talk to your attorney general in Florida or the Division of Consumer Services, who I believe handles the landlord tenant complaint issues.


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