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    I rent a house and the landlord has an apartment that is attached to the house. They come about 4 or 5 times a year and stay in this apartment. When they do come, they enter the backyard of the house without informing me that they are doing that. What are my rights??

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    Originally posted by michelle1215 View Post
    I rent a house and the landlord has an apartment that is attached to the house. They come about 4 or 5 times a year and stay in this apartment. When they do come, they enter the backyard of the house without informing me that they are doing that. What are my rights??
    Does the backyard also belong to the apartment, or are you saying they are just coming in to your backyard for a nose around? If it's the former I really don't see that you have cause for complaint.

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      #3
      Is it a Outbuilding/Annexe at the bottom of the garden?

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        #4
        Landlord enters backyard with consent

        The apartment does not have access to the backyard. The backyard is suppose to be for us to use. The landlord goes in the backyard without informing us. One time I just got out of the shower and walked into the den with just a towel on, and there he was in the backyard looking at me. I don't care if he wants to go in the backyard, but isn't it illegal for him to do that without asking or informing us first?? I feel I have no privacy whatsoever.

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          #5
          Michelle I may be totally wrong but I'm detecting a hint of USA-ism in your posts. Are you in the UK? If not, note that this forum is UK only and you're not likely to find any expertise relating to American law.

          If you *are* in the UK: If he was entering the building then for sure he would be in the wrong. I would strongly suspect that entering a private back yard he is interfering with your right to your "quiet enjoyment" of the property and you would be within your rights to ask him to desist (and ultimately escalate if he continues). Does he know you object - ie have you mentioned it to him?

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            #6
            Hi

            This sort of thing can often lead to a nasty situation where one person believes it to be their right to walk into the back-yard that they 'own' and while the paying user of the backyard believes it their right to privacy (the UK law supporting the latter in this case).

            But how do you tackle the landlord without getting into an argument? You could ask him something like, 'is there a problem in the back yard?' just to get the discussion flowing. You could also follow it up with something like, 'You scared me. I had no idea that you wanted to look in the back yard'. It lets him know that, if anything, it is curtious to ask before entering - whether or not he has any legal right to enter.

            Good luck

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