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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    Question for anyone who may know. My son and his girlfriend are moving into a new place. Is the landlord required to replace the locks? They know the previous tenant and are pretty sure that there are a lot of keys floating around out there. I know every state has different rental laws but I was wondering if someone would have an idea of what the norm is.

    They forgot to ask when they signed the lease and the landlord is out of town until at least Monday so they'd have to wait until at least then to ask her.
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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Bit;3527625;
    Question for anyone who may know. My son and his girlfriend are moving into a new place. Is the landlord required to replace the locks? They know the previous tenant and are pretty sure that there are a lot of keys floating around out there. I know every state has different rental laws but I was wondering if someone would have an idea of what the norm is.

    They forgot to ask when they signed the lease and the landlord is out of town until at least Monday so they'd have to wait until at least then to ask her.
    In CA they are not.
    I can't imagine, however, that that might be a requirement anywhere.
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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    Lil Bit, check your PMs. I just sent you information about a site where you can get decent info re: landlord/tenant issues. It's free, and responses are from lawyers, housing specialists, etc.

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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    I would think that it's the tenant's responsibility to replace them if they want them replaced, with notice to the landlord (and copies of the keys), of course. Just guessing!
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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    Quote Originally Posted by tango7;3528027;
    Lil Bit, check your PMs. I just sent you information about a site where you can get decent info re: landlord/tenant issues. It's free, and responses are from lawyers, housing specialists, etc.
    Thanks tango7. I have to admit, I've never rented. We did own some rental property several years ago but that was just something that was sort of tacked onto another business that we'd bought and we unloaded it quickly. Plus, the tenant we had in there was a dream. No problems at all.
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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Bit;3528671;
    Thanks tango7. I have to admit, I've never rented. We did own some rental property several years ago but that was just something that was sort of tacked onto another business that we'd bought and we unloaded it quickly. Plus, the tenant we had in there was a dream. No problems at all.
    You're lucky - there are some real tenant horror stories out there . Be sure to indicate what state you're in. Actually, it's a fascinating site - all kinds of legal issues and replies are fast, but certain (no guessing).

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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    (I live in Arizona, these laws may or may not apply in other states, but they are sort of common sense)

    Landlord's generally are not required to change the locks between residents. However most landlord's DO change the locks because of liability reasons if something bad was to happen. Normal procedure calls for swapping out the locks with other apartments that are vacant, but if it is not a big property or just a home, then replacing them completely would be the option. If your locks have not been changed, you may do it yourself so long as you provide a copy of the keys to the landlord. Also, if you put locks on any interior doors (such as bedrooms), you want to make sure that you provide a copy of those keys to your landlord as well. If something were to happen and a welfare check was needed or there was a water/flood issue, they need to be able to easily gain access to the area. If doors have to be broken down, then they can charge the resident for the damages.

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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    In my building if someone wants a lock change, the owner does it and charges the tenants. We cannot simply change the locks and give them a key since there is a master key system here.

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    Re: Landlord/Tenant question

    In our building if you choose to change your locks, you have to do it or provide the locks and give the manager a key for emergencies. We have to have a key on hand for all tenants because of the massive plumbing issues we have here. At any given time the pipes will burst and we have leaks in multiple apartments. The water is really hard here and the pipes are over 60 years old.

    We've only had one tenant who has changed the locks to their apartment because they are convinced someone from their office copied their key and went into their apartment. (I think they are a little off in the head because they swore someone used to do that at their last apartment too.)
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