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Tenant changed locks by Beatrice-Suffolk County (NY) on June 3, 2011 @10:34

I gave a 60 day notice and adviced him that I would notify him in advance when I would be showing the space.
I gave him 24 hours notice and the next day, I come to find out he changed the locks.
How can I stop him from doing this?
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Re: Tenant changed locks by Jake on June 3, 2011 @10:56 [ Reply ]
What does your lease say about changing locks? It is a really bad idea to enter a tenant's unit when he is not there, especially if you are bringing others in too. Even if he is present, it can also be a bad idea. You will not be able to control what the tenant says to the applicants. For the next 60 days, the tenant does not want people in and out of his place when he is not present. The best thing to do is to let the tenant move out, do the cleaning and make repairs before showing.
Re: Tenant changed locks by MassLL (MA) on June 3, 2011 @11:07 [ Reply ]
It depends on your lease and local laws. If your lease forbids tenant's from changing the lock, you could just hire a locksmith to change the locks again. If your lease doesn't say anything, but does have a clause about no alterations to the property, you could also hire a locksmith.

BUT.. you really must check your local laws, eg: in Mass. if not forbidden in the lease, the tenant has the legal right to change the locks and not give the landlord a key.

Re: Tenant changed locks by MrDan (Georgia) on June 3, 2011 @12:25 [ Reply ]
When you gave notice, did you list the time, the reason and who would be entering his home. Even if you gave proper notice, a tenant can still refuse. Forcing your way in can get you in trouble as unlawful entry, trespass, invasion of privacy, harrassment, breach of implied covenant of quiet enjoyment, intensional infliction of emotional distress. Your remedy is eviction, unless you can work out a mutual time and schedule for showing rental. The locks might have been changed along time ago. The question is, why is there a problem between you and your tenant that he denies you entry and you want to force your way in?
Re: Tenant changed locks by Katiekate (New York) on June 3, 2011 @12:47 [ Reply ]
I once had my gorilla (maintenance guy, 6'6", 280lbs of muscle) tear a door down.

Tenant changed the locks to spite me. I took that door down!

Evicted for changing the locks. She counter sued claiming she didn't owe for the destroyed door...and lost. She claimed she was taking me to court for all her 'damage'... never happened.

This was in New York.

Re: Tenant changed locks by Anonymous on June 4, 2011 @01:05 [ Reply ]
As others dais be sure to have a lock clause in your lease. Then change the locks back and charge the tenant or evict.

I explain to tenants that we need access in case of emergency that we will not rob them, but if the lock is changed and we have to break in a new pre-hung front door will cost them $1,500 minimum.

That said, when I rented a place as a 2nd home for awhile the first thing I did was change the locks.

Re: Tenant changed locks by Anonymous on June 24, 2011 @04:31 [ Reply ]
tenant changing the locks is really suspicious. you can hire a locksmith to get the duplicate key of the lock.

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