Seems strange, but that's what happens with leases.
Why waste your time being there when they need to do work?
Probably better that they not disturb you and let them get their work done.
Further, since you and your roommate work during the day, you'd essentially be denying access if you wanted to be there, or you wanted your roomate to be there.
And as I noted, at the termination of the lease either party can choose not to renew.
While I don't doubt your version of events, the office is right in that there's no proof of who took the clippers. And the value was low enough that it wouldn't have made much sense to file an insurance claim or to have called the police. If you'd taken it to small claims court (if you have it in Houston), you'd still have to show that there was a good chance that someone had taken the clippers and that the apartment complex was responsible.
Kind of caught between a rock and a hard place.
In a situation like that, you pretty much have to lock up any valuables when no one's around. Unless you want to go to the effort and expense of installing a hidden camera. (They're actually pretty affordable, and disguised as all sorts of things--clocks, soda cans, etc.)
Hope that helps.
Once a lease ends, neither side has any requirement to renew it, regardless of the reason.
Most leases (apartments and private leases used by Realtors) has a provision that allows the owner or owners agent access to the interior of a property for inspections, maintance and showing of prospective buyer/tenants regardless if you are there or not. I'm sure you aware of that by reviewing your contract.
They would typically give you some notice (30 days) to find a new place to lease. If you need assistance in finding a new home, please let us know.
Joe Cano - Realtor/Locator
I'm only guessing, but your lease probably allows maintenance personnel to enter your unit upon reasonable notice, unless there's an emergency--in which case no notice is required.
I'm not a lawyer, so what follows is not legal advice. For that, you need a lawyer.
If your lease contains a provision similar to the one I've described above and now you're imposing an additional condition (that you be there) that isn't provided for in the lease, then you're violating the lease. You agreed that maintenance personnel could enter your unit (with no provision as to your presence), and now you're saying: "No. Though I signed my name agreeing to that, you can't come in unless I'm there." If that's the case, then that would be a lease violation.
Again, I'm not a lawyer and I don't know what your lease says. My only point is that it IS possible that your complex can choose not to renew your lease.
Beyond that, I'm not sure that--even if you were 100% in conformance with your lease--that the complex is required to renew your lease. They've got the right to allow your current lease to expire, just as you have the right to move at the conclusion of your lease. Unless your lease specifies that it's automatically renewed, then either party has the right to cancel.
But for a valid legal opinion, you need to consult with a lawyer.
Hope that helps.