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Landlord wants me to move 4 days early .. and.. by Anonymous (Colorado) on September 24, 2017 @10:13

My landlord want to have me out 4 days before the end of the month. Also, the landlord wants to have worker in my unit painting and putting in new carpet "whenever I can get them to show up to do it"

I doubt she can force me out before the last day., after, all I paid for the whole month. But, this stuff about having workers show up "whenever". Isn't there a rule about how I have to agree to this complete upheaval of my life? I did allow the landlord to show this unit while I was still here... just required I be home.

Painting and carpet...while I still live there! Doing this when I am not home! I am not taking time off work so this landlord can have the unit ready the very day I leave.

Any of this I have to tolerate and accommodate?
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Re: Landlord wants me to move 4 days early .. and.. by Lacey on September 24, 2017 @11:12 [ Reply ]
What does your lease say about when to be out?
Re: Landlord wants me to move 4 days early .. and.. by Garry (Iowa) on September 24, 2017 @12:06 [ Reply ]
You are correct. You paid till the end of the month, and you do not have to be out till the end of the month. The LL must give you a 24 hr minimum notice of coming in to your property. You can request that you be present when anyone comes in, but that does not mean the LL will abide by that. However, if you are not there, and the LL wants to have another person whom you don't know, come in to do work on the property, the LL needs to stay there to protect your personal items from being broken, stolen, etc.
You do have the right to refuse anybody, including the LL, from coming in, as long as you still have possession. If the LL does not like it, he can go to court to ask a judge to give him access to his own property. That's not going to happen, as it would take 2-4 weeks to get into court. You will be gone by then.
The main problem you are going to have is, after you are gone, the LL will probably make up reasons to keep all of your deposit, in retaliation for you not cooperating with him. To try to counteract that, you need to leave your place extremely clean, with no damage. You will need to take pics of every room, closet, cupboards, insides of all appliances, walls, etc. Leave nothing behind, including garbage.

You also need to have 2 witnesses look at the place when you leave, that can show up in court if need be, to testify as to how you left the place. If possible, meet the LL at the place, and do a move-out inspection together. Give him the keys back, and give him a forwarding address in writing as to where to send your deposit statement.
Re: Landlord wants me to move 4 days early .. and.. by Anonymous on September 24, 2017 @13:20 [ Reply ]
So, you feel that I will have to allow the landlord to tear my place up, and turn everything topisy-turvy

Painting this whole place will take a couple days (maybe more).meanwhile I will have my furniture and stuff piled under tarps where I cannot use it? Furniture heater shelter while carpet pads and carpet go in?

I doubt this is going to make packing easier either.

I have to allow this? I will get no benefit from this...just all the hassle
Re: Landlord wants me to move 4 days early .. and.. by LL (CA) on September 24, 2017 @19:14 [ Reply ]
You are under no obligation to move early. If it suits you, maybe you can negotiate with your landlord to be reimbursed for the inconvenience of moving early, but you don't have to move until the date stated in your lease.

As for the landlord entering or having an agent enter to perform non-emergency works, you can refuse. If it was an issue such as a burst pipe or faulty wiring, the landlord could enter immediately to rectify the problem, but I doubt very much that a court would uphold a landlord's right to enter just to make cosmetic changes, especially ones that in no way benefit the current tenant (you).

It certainly sounds like your landlord is preparing the place for a new tenant or to put the property on the market but it should not interfere with your quiet enjoyment.

Communicate calmly with your landlord and let them know your thoughts on the matter. Follow up all phone calls with a letter reiterating what was discussed. If you get no agreement with your landlord, consult an attorney who handles landlord/tenant issues. A strongly worded letter from an attorney may make this pushy landlord back off.

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