Woman uncomfortable after maintenance man works in home as she sleeps just feet away
MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WZTV) —
A Mt. Juliet woman said a maintenance man worked in her apartment in the middle of the night, all while she slept just feet away. She said it made her feel uncomfortable, like her privacy had been violated, but legally, the apartment complex has the right to do what it did.
The tenant doesn’t want to be identified but said she woke up Saturday morning to a note from maintenance.
“It said ‘YOU WERE SLEEPING, DID NOT WANT TO WAKE YOU,’” she said.
She said the night before, she called maintenance for a plumbing issue. She claims she explained it was not an emergency and she’d turned her water off, but felt like she had to call per her lease agreement.
Right before making that call, she said she had taken cold medicine for sickness she had been battling. She said as she waited for the maintenance man, the cold medicine knocked her out.
When she woke up, she realized maintenance had fixed her toilet anywhere from 12:30 a.m. to 1:42 a.m., but the fact that they entered as she slept made her uneasy.
“What if there had been $300 on the counter, or there hadn't been, and I said ‘I'm missing $300 or I feel violated, or I was asleep naked,’ you know, who's to say, anything like that could happen," she said.
However, legally, the maintenance man did nothing wrong. According to Tennessee code, a landlord can enter a premises without permission if there's an emergency or if utilities have been shut off with no fault of the landlord.
Now, this woman is warning others not to make her same mistake.
“Don't fall asleep and put yourself in a situation to wonder what could have happened. I think that's what scares me most because I don't know,” she said.
Now, she want stricter guidelines for when someone can and cannot enter her home.