Landlord repeated demanding immediate entry

By Jeffrey Lund

Over the past week, my landlord has showed up at our door three separate times demanding immediate entry to the apartment. Each time my wife was home alone, and unable to come to the door for reasons like being in the shower, and other similarly compromising situations. Our contract specifies that the landlord may enter the premise for the purpose of making repairs and alterations to the premise. We have let him in each time once my wife had time to get ready for the unexpected visit, but he is insisting that he can entry when ever he wants. Each time this has happened he has simply wanted to flip a breaker since he has been trying to run a wielding machine on the same circut as his appliances. He refuses to let us or me touch the breaker. I’m not sure whether or not this counts as a "repair and alteration to the premise", but the fact that our door is a sliding glass door and he just shows up unannounced has made us really uneasy. I tried to talk to him, and ask that he give some notice by phone or otherwise before he tries to gain entry, but this ended with him and his wife yelling so loud my wife was scared for me. I’m not sure what to do. I know we are not being given privacy and that my wife feels unsafe given all the yelling. We want out, but I want to know what our legal options are in terms of ending the contract a month early and getting back things rent we paid in advance and our security deposit. This is in Utah if that helps.

Edited on: Thursday, March 6th, 2014 2:33 pm

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