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Is it usual, or even legal, for a landlord to demand that all the tenants leave the apartment building while it is being inspected for licensing?  We got the written notice for an inspection in a week and then the landlord tells us face to face “don’t be here while the inspectors are here.” Weird?

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  1. Your landlord cannot require you to leave during a licensing inspection.

    Gordon Ramsay | Aug 9, 2011 | New Comment
  2. My landlord lets us know that there will be an inspection on a certain date, but I know my husband was home the last time they came in. The building management makes no requirements about whether we are home or not at the time of inspection.

    Jesusita | Aug 9, 2011 | New Comment
  3. My landlord wants me here in case there is something that can be fixed on the spot like a burnt out bulb or something like the hiding fire extinguisher.

    Gwen | Aug 9, 2011 | New Comment
  4. Landlords must also inform tenants 24 hours prior to entering a residence. It always helps to know your renter’s rights. Knowledge is power.

    zra | Aug 9, 2011 | New Comment
  5. Pretty sweet when first post is the Chief of Police with the straight dope.

    adam | Aug 9, 2011 | New Comment
  6. … or a convincingly spelled impostor.

    adam | Aug 9, 2011 | New Comment
  7. Thanks. My BF thought it didn’t sound right either. Gwen, that makes a lot more sense that the landlord would want you there. The sprained ankle and I will be ready to face Mr. Creepy Landlord next week. I’m not budging if I have no good or legal reason to.

    tinatron | Aug 9, 2011 | New Comment
  8. Whether its really the chief or police or not, he’s right … but don’t take our semi-anonymous postings as the gospel of tenants rights.

    You can find that here.

    ozone bhaguan | Aug 9, 2011 | New Comment
  9. Whether or not the *real* Gordon Ramsay did the posting, it would make perfect sense that the man himself would be versed in renter’s rights laws in Minnesota: He and his wife were my first landlords when I moved to Duluth.

    zra | Aug 10, 2011 | New Comment
  10. Umm, I would consider it rather “risky” to impersonate the Chief of Police, even on a blog posting. Just my opinion.

    Metalist | Aug 10, 2011 | New Comment
  11. Chances are, it’s him. He’s posted on here a couple of times in the past, so I know he at least keeps up with what us kids have going on. | Aug 10, 2011 | New Comment
  12. I thought Gordon Ramsay was a Chef?

    Question | Aug 10, 2011 | New Comment
  13. Different spelling of last name

    TimK | Aug 10, 2011 | New Comment
  14. Maybe your landlord does not want you to overhear all the requests that the licensing inspector will be making. Therefore keeping you in the dark and blissful in your ignorance of what needs to be fixed.

    Or maybe I’m paranoid.

    Either way, the only persons who can force you out of you home/ apartment is the police/ sheriff/ military (in the case of Marshall law) or FEMA. (I’m not a lawyer, just have some years working in housing)

    Video tape the inspection, see what your landlord thinks of that.

    B-man | Aug 10, 2011 | New Comment
  15. Or invite a few friends over.

    Admackbar | Aug 10, 2011 | New Comment
  16. I’ve had several apartments/houses inspected while renting, and was told to be on hand so I could let the inspector in.

    Bad Cat! | Aug 10, 2011 | New Comment

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