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Tenant Changed Lock

Discussion in 'Eviction, Recovery of Premises' started by hvbnh2008, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. hvbnh2008

    hvbnh2008 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I issued a 24-hour notice to inspect my rental property. Although the law requires only 24 hours to notify the tenant, I sent the notice 10 days before the inspection. However, prior to the notice, I was told by the tenant that the front door lock had been changed and that he would give me a key. So far I have not received anything. I called him several times but he didn't return my calls. I sent him a 30-day notice demanding a key. The deadline has passed and I know I can evict him based on this reason.

    In the mean time, I want to inspect the property because I've heard he was doing a lot of repairs inside without my permission. I am afraid he's not going to be there to open the door for the inspection. If he doesn't answer the door, can I change the lock in order to get in to inspect? Thanks.
  2. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Well, you can do it if you are willing to stay there until he gets home and you can give him a new key. Otherwise it's an illegal lock-out that could end up being quite costly to you.
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