Can a landlord manipulate the landlord and tenant laws by using social media? 6 Answers as of June 25, 2014

Can a landlord use Facebook to post inspection to gain entry in a tenant's apartment?

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Carlson & Cohen, LLP | Morgan Halford
Unless the landlord and the tenant have mutually agreed in writing to have notices communicated to the tenant via social media (and I certainly would not recommend ever agreeing to this, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is privacy) this would not meet the notice requirements. Generally, your lease / rental agreement will have a provision that states the form in which notices must be given for inspections, and this is usually in written form and upon 24 hours notice.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/25/2014
Law Office of Linda K. Frieder
Law Office of Linda K. Frieder | Linda K. Frieder, Esq.
No person can manipulate the law. A law can only be changed via proper channels. A posting on Facebook is not a proper channel.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/25/2014
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
If you mean can the landlord evade giving you written notice of wanting to inspect the unit because of some need for repairs, etc., no, posting on social media is not an acceptable alternative.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/25/2014
Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S.
Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S. | Joseph T. G. Harper
No the landlord cannot unless the tenant has authorized such notices in writing. Otherwise, the landlord tenant act requires that notices be served on you in a specific manner. Personal service, or personal service on a resident as well as mailing, or posting conspicuously and mailing. Notices to inspect must also give you at least 48 hours notice with a specific time. You my want to consult an attorney about your specific situation if you believe that the landlord tenant act is being violated so that you can protect your rights.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 6/25/2014
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
This question does not sense A landlord must follow the law.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/25/2014
    Dessy & Dessy, a Professional Corporation | Ronald D. Dessy
    The intent of the laws is to cause the landlord provide the tenant with reasonable (48 hours) notice of intent to inspect on a particular date. Since you are aware of the social media posting, it follows that the landlord succeeded in giving you notice. It is not uncommon for landlord to give a notice of intent to inspect after the tenant gives notice of repairs needed, and for the landlord to use the tenants refusal to permit an inspection as an excuse for not performing the repairs.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/25/2014
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