*Please Help!* Random Police Searches of my apartment complex?!Submitted by i_am_free on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 19:47
Hey fellow freedom loving folks, I just got home from work to find a notice under my apartment door.. here's what it says, along with a picture: http://imgur.com/pfOR7 (edit: the highlighting was done by me, not them)
We have posted or delivered multiple notices regarding marijuana use in the building. We continue to get complains from tenants and smell it in the hallways ourselves when giving showings to possible tenants. This is unacceptable and illegal. We have requested that the Davenport Police Department begin making random checks, with a drug dog, of the building.
First off, this was part of the monthly newsletter for the complex, so everyone got this notice, not just me. Isn't that a flagrant violation of our 4th Amendment rights? Even after reading the following Wikipedia article on common areas of buildings, it seems the police must have either a search warrant OR third-party consent AT TIME OF ENTRY in order to perform a search in common areas. These cases don't seem to indicate that the property owners can give the cops free reign to search whenever the hell they feel like it.
So what do you think? If they are indeed asking the police to perform illegal, unconstitutional searches, what would be the proper course of action?
EDIT: I did not intend to imply that I am the one violating the lease/law. Many of the responses have indicated that I should move. That is neither desirable nor feasible at the moment. Of course the landlord has a right to have common areas searched.. what bothers me is the wording they used: "random checks".. as if the police are their own personal Gestapo.