Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

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Question: Can an Apartment landlord legally go through the tenants trash in the dumpster in the building?

Answer: Generally, the police may search an apartment complex dumpster without a warrant. The apartment complex as a "state actor" are probably permitted to search the dumpster under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution as well. The question is whether or not a tenant has a reasonable expectation of privacy under the law from the landlord relating to discarded items in their trash dumpster. Please consult an attorney for further legal advice regarding this matter.

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