When I first got the place the landlord said that 3 other couples have previously rented the place. He told me that he only had 1 key and said that he needed to make me a copy for my wife. I told him that it was not a problem that I could do it myself since I have the only key and it will only be a couple dollars to make it. He said ok. The next day, he came to me and gave me a copy of the key to my door. Meaning that he did in fact have the second key and went and made a copy for himself. I realized that he lied to me and just wanted a key for himself. I immediately went to the store and purchased new locks for my door. My wife and I are young, me 24 and my wife 21. We look even younger, about 16/15. This is our second month and we paid our rent 2 days early. We are very responsible people and like our privacy. I don't like the idea of my wife being home all day and knowing that my landlord has a key to our home.
Please don't judge, we can't afford an apartment yet or a home to call our own. The rent isn't cheap, but it's less than moving fees and deposits for an apartment. I do know that apartments do have keys to get in for maintenance but efficiencies don't always have the best landlords. They think that just because they own the place that they can come in whenever they want to and look around your home.
I am really not sure as to what I should do. I signed a contract for 1 year. The landlord will be installing a new ac unit and wants the house resident free for the day and that he will get in with his copy of the key. My wife does not have a car and no other place to be during the day (we live in the country) and I must work. I told that my wife will be there and that I have changed the locks. He now wants keys to the new locks.
Renting is such a mission. I give him good money each month and expect to be left alone.