Letting Myself In

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  1. AlteredEgo

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    I am seriously tempted to abuse my position as landlord.

    The upstairs neighbor's smoke detector is chirping. The battery must be low. it is going off every 45 second, or so it seems. I am TWO FLOORS BELOW! If I can hear it, and I am slowly going apeshit, WTF is wrong with them? Are they out of town? Did they go to work this morning ( I heard them) and never come home this evening? They got an envelope from American Airlines, and one from a cruise company a month ago. Are they on vacation? I know every squeaky floorboard in this bitch. I have lived here for 26 years. I'd like to put on slipper socks, grab the keys, creep into the kitchen, and throw the fecking thing out of the window. Seriously. I wonder if I could get away with it. I'm not sure I can sleep. I am exhausted. I hallucinated for a few minutes. Then I slept long enough to dream of my mother. She made an "o" with her mouth and chirped at me.
     
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    Surely you're allowed access in cases of emergency maintenance? And even if you aren't, that's the excuse I'd stick with if anyone asked. :wink:
     
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    I don't see where that would be an abuse of your position. I mean I would think they'd hear that if they were home, and if they aren't hearing it then there is probably a good reason for it. Either way, you can always argue the "I thought something was seriously wrong" line.
     
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    Something has to be wrong. They are not home, they left on vacation, they both died in a murder/suicide--whatever. As landlord, I think that you'd have the right to go upstairs and check since the smoke alarm is going off and no one has checked it. Haven't any of the neighbors complained yet?
     
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    Do it. There's no abuse here; you're doing your job. Explain your concerns to the tenants if they ask. Get some shut-eye. Hallucinations don't count as a good night's sleep.
     
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    You're allowed to go in and turn it off. It's breach of the peace or something. At least I know here, everyone has the right to the "QUIET and peaceful enjoyment of their own home"

    BTW are you a guy or girl? A Landlady is the term for a female owner.
     
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    Sure, you're worried about the tenents and that noise is driving you nuts but your main concern is the safety of your building.

    Go on upstairs to access the apartment and take a new battery with you. It's in your best interest that the place doesn't burn down because of a low battery.
     
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    While you're in the apartment, you should set up a webcam in their bedroom so you can stream live video and make some extra money.
    :biggrin1:

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    Don't forget to snoop in their medicine cabinet...
     
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    But what if they're not attractive?


    There are some people who live with chirping smoke detectors for months. I don't know how they do it. I think it's a sign of either stupidity or excessive pot smoking.
     
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    Like that's going to stop people from paying money to watch.
     
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    if the smoke alarm is going off for whatever reason and nobody's answering the phone/door, it's kinda your JOB to investigate it.
     
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    Definitely do it, then come back here to report any scandal. :wink:
     
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    And check the drawer by the bed.... It is usually full of "fun things":rolleyes:
     
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    Baby boy,

    If you have to ask if Bronxy is a boy or a girl , you need to have you license taken away. You know I dont mean the one for driving. Actually though, she is neither.. She is a WOMAN. A W-O-M- A-N!
     
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    And girlfriend, she deserves some R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

    *snap*
     
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    If you are the landlord you have a 100% right to enter the apartment. You actually could be liable if you don't.
     
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    Baby, take the key, let yourself in, and put in a new battery. Or wait some days, eventually the battery will run down so low the alarm won't be powered any longer. Meantime, use ear wax.

    Optionally a guy's tongue. Or two's.
     
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    It's cheaper than ear plugs, I guess, and more natural. :rolleyes:
     
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    I agree with the other posts that you should remedy the situation, but I would first knock... at a couple of different times of day... or call, if they gave you a phone number at lease signing. If you can get no response from them, then yes, you do have a responsibility to check on the fire alarm, for the safety of every person in the building.
     
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