Two men  entered my home while my husband and child were there. They were plumbers.  By law can they do that?  Please assist.-I live in a community and we have home owners ins. I am Buying my...

 Two men  entered my home while my husband and child were there. They were plumbers.  By law can they do that?  Please assist.

-I live in a community and we have home owners ins. I am Buying my home

- there was a leak next door

-They had a locksmith come and unlock my door.

- This appears to be trespassing

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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I'm not sure I follow your train of thought in the stem of the question. You mentioned that your husband and kids were home but yet the plumber's had a locksmith unlock the door. I wonder why the plumber's didn't just knock on the door ??? if they needed access to your house. You also mentioned that you were buying the home, so I can assume it is not an apartment ? The rules for apartments are a little different and further, if you rent or lease a dwelling the rules are again a little different because your landlord does NOT have to have your permission to enter.

All this being said, if you own your home or are buying it (have a mortgage ) then yes... it is trespassing and probably more. 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You don't say what state you're in, but typically, if you live in an apartment or condo that you are renting, or even a duplex, the landlord has the right to enter the premises to make repairs which may damage the property.  This is probably in the fine print of your contract.  You say you are buying the home, so until you do, the owner does have the right to enter.  However, I would specify that he/she should not do so unless someone is present.  Your husband was there, but not expecting them.  I would feel uncomfortable that perhaps they were entering when no one was home.  Check your lease/contract agreement and then make sure your landlord understands that no one should enter your home (which it is as long as you are paying rent and are up-to-date on your payments) without your knowledge and permission.

 

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devin1212 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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Yes this is right they can only enter only in your presence or only if you don't mind if they are entering into your house by contacting you only. So be careful and make gud enquiry who were they?

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