VIDEO: Maintenance man digs through woman's apt

Posted at 7:46 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 07:42:08-05

A Scottsdale woman says she is looking for a new place to live after surveillance video catches a maintenance man digging around in her bed.

"I watched it and it just turned into me feeling completely violated," said the tenant who did not want to be identified.

In the video the maintenance man is seen pulling an item out from under the covers of the woman's bed and then smelling it.

In a second video, the man is then seen wondering around the apartment and briefly moving around the surveillance camera.

"I think everyone should have security cameras now," the woman said. "Now I am paranoid, it's not a good feeling."

Rental advocates say that while landlords have a right to enter your apartment with appropriate notice this is a clear violation.

"It's disgusting," Ken Volk, with Arizona Tenant Advocates, said. "The guy, certainly there is no professionalism here and it's really, it's stupid."

Volk says that woman has grounds to terminate her lease with the apartment complex and may even be able to recoup damages.

"It's a violation," he said. "It's a violation of privacy and it's a violation of who knows what's going to happen next."

Alliance Property Management Company runs the apartment complex the woman lives in. They sent us a statement saying “as soon as we were notified of the situation, we investigated the allegations and then took immediate and appropriate action to remedy the situation. The worker is no longer with the company.”

The apartment is located near the intersection of Lincoln and Scottsdale Road.