Somedays I feel as though I live in a fishbowl, tenants often stop in the apartment or look for me while I am working outside. A live-in manager is really on-call 24/7. It comes with the territory, however, MOST tenants do respect privacy, some however, have felt it is their right to toss all manners and respect to the winds.
Earlier one day a tenant and I were texting back and forth; they had their lost keys, were locked out and would be coming home late. No problem I replied, just CALL if after 10 pm: A reasonable request. Haha.
In my front window, I have a small fan, and with the blinds dropped down and the curtains pulled around the sides, I was never concerned about privacy. How naïve!
Since I had not heard from said tenant, I assumed that their keys had been found and would not need my copy. I was sitting in my bathrobe at the kitchen table watching the end of the evening news, and ready for bed. Until I heard a voice shouting through the window fan, not calling MY name but for my brother-in-law!
I jumped, and as I yanked the door open, the first words out of my mouth were not, “How may I help you?”
This tenant did not knock on the door; they were peering through the window fan and hollering for my brother-in-law!
This tenant looked up at me then bent down again and continued hollering through the window!
I demanded to know why they didn’t knock first!
I demanded to know why are they calling for my brother-in-law when they saw me at the table?
In addition, WHY are you still demanding to speak to him?
And when the @$#@#$ hell do you think it is EVER okay to look through my windows? You walked by the door and did not knock!
Tenant: “I need to speak to your brother-in-law.”
Me: “Excuse you! You expect me to wake him from a sound sleep, drag a handicapped man out of bed just for you?”
Tenant, again: “I need to speak to your brother-in-law.”
This went around a few times, along with the excuses that it was, “NOT my fault! I have family problems!”
Yeah, and I have tenant problems.
Me: “Do you still need your apartment key?”
When they nodded yes, and as I stepped back to get them, I turned around and very strongly warned: “You are NOT to come in here, am I clear?”
I gave the key with the conditions NOT to return it until morning.
Said tenant has never apologized, or even considered that it was wrong to peek through my window, nor explained just why it was so urgent to drag a handicapped man out of bed. They have stated that they are scared of me.
I’m confused: me in pajamas half asleep, late at night and someone peeking through my window then hollering for someone else. I dunno know, methinks they got off easy.