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is signed. An owner who fails to provide the required notice can be held liable for damage to the

tenant’s

personal

property

caued

by

flooding

during

the

leasterm.

Flooding

is

defined

as

water that enters the unit from a river, stream, drainage ditch, or pool of collected rainwater.

Is my landlord allowed to enter the apartment without notifying me first?

A tenant has the right to the exclusive use othe lease premises. Unless the lease states

otherwise, the landlordcan only enter the property if entris necessary tocure a dangerous

condition, prevent damage to the unit, or respondto an emergency on the premises. There is no

legal requirement that a landlord notify a tenanprior to entering the unit in such emergency

circumstances.

Can my apartment be shown to prospective tenants during the last month of my occupancy without my permission?

You should read your lease to see if there is language giving the landlord the right to

enter the apartment. If the lease does not givthe landlord the right to enter the apartment, a

tenant could legally refuse the landlord entry except in case of an emergency. However, it is best

for the landlord and tenant to discuss the matter and reach a mutually acceptable solution.

A

reasonable solution might be for the landlord to provide advance notice, such as twenty-four (24)

hours before entering the apartment. To avoid probems in the future it is best to have the lease

state under what circumstances the landlord can enter the propertyand what notice the tenant is

to receive before the landlord’sentry. If the lease gives the landord the right to enter the rental

unit, the tenant should read to see if the lee srequires the landlord tonotify the tenant before

entering. If the lease does not contain a requir nt eof notice prior to entry, the tenant can

request such language be added before the lease is signed.

My former landlord sent me a letter saying that I owed $500. I wrote the landlord stating that I disagreed with this statement. The landlord has now turned the matter over to a collection agency. What do I do?

If the landlord has turne the debt over to a collection aency and the debt is on your

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