Your first and most significant work as a landlord? Your resident’s safety. If your tenant replaces your property’s locks without acquiring your consent, always give them the benefit of the doubt. On the assumption that the locks were changed resulting from roommate difficulties, domestic abuse, divorce, etc., you’ll have to get rid of any risk of liability. This will, furthermore, support you to avoid lawsuits as much as the position you as a dependable landlord who is there for your tenants when things go bad.
If your tenant changes the locks on their own, chat with them before making a biased opinion. It might be that waiting for a locksmith could make them all the more powerless to a new threat of domestic violence. Have faith that your renters would definitely only change the property locks to secure themselves and their belongings from theft, vandalism, and other dangerous behaviors.
Open communication with your tenants will establish you’re on the right side of the law. Just to start, specify in your lease terms whether they are granted permission to change the locks and if/when they must provide you with a new set of keys. Your authority over these clauses may be guided by state law. For example, California and New Jersey permit residents to change locks without providing additional keys unless it’s explicitly stated in the lease that they may not do so.
You’ll also have to bring out the necessity that your renters present you with a current set of keys so that you’re, all the time especially when needed, able to enter the premises of your property in West Fargo. Unfettered access will be needed to perform emergency repairs that could be harmful to the resident, their belongings, and your property.
The long and short of it? Your assignment as the landlord is to extend working locks and keys when a tenant moves in. Then they take on the charge. This simply means they’re duty-bound for the replacement costs of keys and locks. Provided that they submit to the procedures outlined in your lease or you continue to notify them to do so, you don’t lose anything from their striving to keep themselves and their property safe and unharmed. In the event that you’re unable to perform an emergency repair due to a lock change, negotiate with the tenant as to whether or not you’ll deduct the cost of the repair from their security deposit.
Always document the renter’s request or notification of changing the locks and proceed as swiftly as possible. Documented communication should also speak of whether the tenant wants to present copies of the new keys or if they’ll be the ones to restore the locks to their original condition when the time comes they need to vacate your property. If your tenant fails to adhere to or to establish a plan for the best course of action after an ample grace period, don’t hesitate to let them see that you would deduct the replacement costs from their security deposit.
One definite way to discourage tenants from changing locks on their own is by changing them between every tenant. It makes no difference how credible a previous resident was, they should never have the possibility of re-entry after vacancy. You should at all times ascertain who has access to your property to keep from being sued for a future resident’s monetary losses. Regardless of whether keys are returned, you can never realize how many copies were made, who they were given to or shared with, or where they currently reside.
You can bank on Real Property Management Optimum to change locks before a new resident moves in. We also take care of all tenant communication to safeguard your West Fargo property is in very good hands. Call 612-730-8293 today to talk about all our property management services and how you can be able to profit with us.
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