Coldwell Banker - inspection

Coldwell Banker - inspection

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Russian boy

United States

#1 Aug 14, 2010
I don't know if it's the right place for this question but I can use your help. 
I came to Rehoboth just for the summer (students exchange program). I rented an appartment from Coldwell Banker, they were the only one , who didn't care about my credit score 
( for those who don't know that - in europe there is not such a thing as credit score, nobody cares how many credit cards you have.. Etc) but still how student/tourist from Europe can  have credit score in U.S ? 
Ok , that was an offtop. 

The point is I paid a lot of money for this appartment ( over $11000 for a season plus over $2000 deposit ) 
It's how I understand that : I paid, they have my deposit if I destroy smth and all informations about me , so for this period of time it's my "home" , I can do whatever I want as long as in the end it will look the same. I can even change the locks , right ?

I was in shock when I recived an email from Coldwell Banker that they scheduled an inspection for our unit. They wrote that there was no complains and this is just normal, standard procedure for all rentals. 
And it is - our friends got the same email.
But what made me very angry was the  sentence- that we don't have to be at home, they have keys and they will look around!!!! 

WTF ????

I live there, I have my personal things there and I don't want anybody go throu my staff when I'm not at home. Is that even legal ???

Warwick, RI

#2 Aug 14, 2010
U will need to give them permission! & or u can request to b there!
Russian boy

United States

#3 Aug 14, 2010
So, you're saying, I can tell them "no" ?
What they can do, then ?
Russian boy

United States

#4 Aug 14, 2010
And I'm wondering if they doing this "inspections" only to foreignes or for all rentals...
Hugo B Lystic

Washington, DC

#5 Aug 15, 2010
Hello Russian Boy: It is fairly standard practice for rental agents to conduct occasional inspections, especially where there are many seasonal rentals because there tends to be a lot of destructive behavior in that situation. You know -- drunken parties, sex orgies, people not giving a shit, etc. Since it's a short-term rental, they also need to know if there is any damage so they can arrange to have it repaired when the unit is vacated.

There should be a clause in your lease stipulating the conditions under which the unit can be inspected. It would be a reasonable request that you are present when they conduct the inspection, even if the lease allows them to enter when you are not there. Just tell them that you want to be there when they come for the inspection.

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