I put in a maintenance request at my apartment a few weeks ago. Someone came by the next day to inspect the issue and left a note, which basically said "We will need to call technicians to fix something outside the building, but in the meantime I did [temporary fix] for your apartment." Worked for me, hadn't heard anything since.
Yesterday, I got home and found a mess in my apartment. Apparently maintenance was there again (or it was broken into by someone who likes taking apart air ducts..). No note unlike every other time they've been there, so I was pretty unnerved until I found where they'd been working.
I was not notified about this in advance. I looked through the relevant section of VA law and it says:
If the tenant makes a request for maintenance, the landlord is not required to provide notice to the tenant.
When does this "free access" expire, if ever? Is there a set time period, or does it last until they deem the maintenance request completed?