What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
My family and I are renting a unit from a woman who is a neat freak. She spends hours every day doing nothing but scrubbing and cleaning her house and making sure her property is spotless. While I appreciate her desire for everything to be in tip-top shape and perfect, both my husband and I work long hours self-employed in hard working jobs. Yes, we have been known to be a bit lax sometimes about scrubbing the kitchen, bathroom, floors, walls, etc., and by that I mean not spending several hours every single day making sure things are "her version" of perfectly spotless clean. Our home is generally cleaned on a twice-weekly basis, like bathroom twice a week, kitchen twice a week, vaccuuming/scrubbing floor twice per week and so forth. Dishes are done mostly on a daily basis (sometimes there will be a few dishes in the sink that need to be washed, small things like that). We are not letting trash pile up everywhere and letting things get unsanitary to the point of being really filthy! We're clean people who just do not have hours upon hours every day to devote to cleaning.
On our one year move-in anniversary she scheduled an inspection of the dwelling just to see how we were doing in our housekeeping (i.e., how clean the unit is). We thought fair enough, knowing that she is such a clean freak that was not too much to ask. Her list was very long of all the things she wanted to inspect, After spending 2.5 days scrubbing the place from front to back, top to bottom, all she could nitpick were a few little things (like there were tiny waterspots on the kitchen blinds, carpet needed to be shampooed in one little spot, a few light bulbs were burned out). Nothing major.
A couple of weeks ago she gave us notice that we were NOT keeping her unit clean to her standards (which I honestly think is impossible), that she was scheduling another inspection immediately, that she was going to do monthly inspections just to see how clean the place was and that if we refused to allow her entry to do these constant cleanliness inspections she would barge into the unit every week, clean the place herself and charge us for the cleaning. Then a few days later she admitted that she had come into the unit when we were not home, without our permission and without any notice, and was "horrified" at how dirty the dwelling was.
Is this legal? I myself am horrified that a landlord would think this sort of thing is okay. Does she have the right to dictate how often we have to scrub the floor? Clean the bathroom? Make the bed? Wash the stove? Again we are NOT dirty people but this just seems ridiculous.
Thanks for any answers.What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?