Can I have a police officer escort me to my property?
Question Details: Tenant knows my husband and i live in japan becuse of our military service. She has not paid rent in 2 months and I finally was able to fly in yesterday. She changed her phone number last month and we haven't been able to contact her without sending someone to the home and talking to her through their phone. She refuses to give us the right number. So I served her yesterday with a 10 day notice to pay or quit. I also let her know that I tried to text her but her phone isn't on and that I would be by the tomorrow to do an inspection around 10:00. I had my maintence guy with me. She said she wouldn't let me and that I had to give her better notice but I think that 24 hour verbal notice should be good enough, especially since she;s changed her number without me being able to get in contact with her. I want to call the police to escort me to the property so that I can get inside my home without trouble from the tenant. Am I allowed to do that?
You can and should call them to ask whether they will help with this, but they are not required to do so. Some police departments (e.g. in Newark, NJ, where I practice a lot of landlord-tenant law) are good about helping landlords in this way, others, not so much. But there is no penalty or cost to asking for police help, so we encourage you to do so.