Dealing with a nosy landlord can be a tricky situation, since you are indeed paying this person rent in order to have a roof over your head. Keeping personal boundaries when dealing with your landlord can be awkward and unfortunate if you have to deal with a situation in which they are getting involved in your personal life. Here are a few tips for dealing with a nosy landlord which can also be used to deal with nosy parents, nosy friends, nosy strangers, and nosy bosses!
First off there are different levels of nosy when it comes to other people. They can be nosy about your private life which may translate into inappropriate behavior like calling often, texting you at random times, or in the case of your landlord making unnecessary stops around your property. If your landlord is behaving in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable you have the right to confront them about it (nicely, though) and seek legal help should the situation grow more serious.
As a renter know what your rights are in relation to your landlord. In most renter’s agreements and in the state laws regarding tenant/landlord relationships there are rules regarding when a landlord can drop in and visit your property and how much notice they must give you in regards to their visit. Your landlord should never be entering your home without warning unless there is an emergency.
With any nosy individual in your life it is important to first communicate the problem rather than jumping to an angry argument or a legal battle. Set up a time to meet with your landlord to discuss the situation and explain to them why you might be feeling like your privacy is being violated. Create boundaries with your landlord early on which can minimize the intrusive questions, conversations or behaviors that might come up as they get to know you as a tenant better.
If your landlord still hasn’t amended their behavior and continues to violate your privacy submit a formal complaint with supporting evidence or documentation to your landlord. This should outline the violations, why you feel as though this is a breach of the landlord/tenant relationship, and have notes about the details of the violations. If the situation progresses this letter could be valuable in a legal situation.
Final recourse to a nosy landlord situation is to either move out (if breaking your lease is acceptable because of the landlord’s behavior) or consult a local housing agency or legal aid representative. Going to court might not be worth the time or the money and it may be best to extricate yourself from the living situation entirely.
Dealing with a nosy landlord can be an uncomfortable situation but unfortunately it does happen. Being able to know when the time is appropriate to confront your landlord about nosy behavior and ways in which you feel your privacy has been violated is essential in being able to have a professional conversation with your landlord as soon as possible.