Renting: Shared facilities is compromising privacy

  • Article by: RENTING AND THE LAW , KELLY KLEIN
  • Updated: September 29, 2012 - 1:38 PM

What's reasonable when sharing facilities depends on the language of your lease.

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GroovyCDSep. 30, 12 7:04 PM

This column is very incomplete. Klein acknowledges that the landlord has not procured an "appropriate rental license," yet she doesn't recommend that the tenant contact a city inspector to address the situation. According to the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, in that city landlords are required to "provide a suitable mail deposit box for each rental unit." This is likely the case in other cities as well, and Klein should have advised the writer to find out what the laws are where she lives. In the column Klein mentions that she "understand(s) the financial pressures that most landlords face." In my opinion, she is far too understanding of landlords and doesn't sympathize enough with tenants, a bias that leads to less than objective advice being dispensed. The fact that she advises a tenant to move out rather than report her landlord's illegal conduct is simply unacceptable.

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