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Changing Locks (by Donna [DC]) Mar 16, 2014 9:40 PM
       Changing Locks (by OPM [OR]) Mar 16, 2014 10:10 PM
       Changing Locks (by David [MI]) Mar 17, 2014 4:37 AM
       Changing Locks (by Pattyk [MO]) Mar 17, 2014 4:55 AM
       Changing Locks (by V [OH]) Mar 17, 2014 5:27 AM
       Changing Locks (by jack [FL]) Mar 17, 2014 5:51 AM
       Changing Locks (by Kyle [IN]) Mar 17, 2014 7:38 AM
       Changing Locks (by AllyM [NJ]) Mar 17, 2014 8:47 AM
       Changing Locks (by Taylor [TX]) Mar 17, 2014 1:12 PM
       Changing Locks (by don [PA]) Mar 17, 2014 2:32 PM
       Changing Locks (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Mar 17, 2014 5:27 PM

Changing Locks (by Donna [DC]) Posted on: Mar 16, 2014 9:40 PM

State Specific Question About: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC)

I have a case where my tenant#1 let her sister#2 move in with her. They are now fighting and #1sister who's name is on the lease wants sister#2 out. Sister #2 refuses to leave. Can sister#1 change the locks with my (landlord) permission? Sister#2 is not on the lease and is now currently pregnant.

Changing Locks (by OPM [OR]) Posted on: Mar 16, 2014 10:10 PM

Hi Donna.. ]

Well first you and the tenant #1 maybe subject to DC laws..

( gee that seems a oxymoron)

I'd hold that #2 is a guest..unless she is paying rent or contributing to the house hold, or perhaps receives mail there...

I'd imagine rules and such in DC are perhaps different..

This is between #1 & #2...

If #1 simply changes the lock herself.. and gives you a key... maybe that solves it..

Let it be between them...

good luck

Changing Locks (by David [MI]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 4:37 AM

Have the tenant call the police for trespassing.

Changing Locks (by Pattyk [MO]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 4:55 AM

I'd stay out of it, Not your problem, I have not advise to offer to sister #1. But my guess is she can set her out on the front porch and change the locks... But I won't tell her anything of the such.

Changing Locks (by V [OH]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 5:27 AM

They will be sisters after they move, just like before, let them solve the differences and if you have mastered locks this will cost them a lock labor fee. Can she change locks? sure but save the old ones and give you a key for the new ones.

Changing Locks (by jack [FL]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 5:51 AM

Depending on how long sister2 has been staying at the residence, there is a very good chance the police will considered that sister2 has established residency, if the case than you do not want to change the locks, or you could land yourself in court facing an illegal lock out esp. in DC with their tough LL/tenant laws favoring tenants

One does not need to be on the lease or pay rent to establish residency, the way the police view the situation, if you let someone move in and live with you for a period of time, then they have residency, and you cannot simply on a whim, kick this person to the curb

Changing Locks (by Kyle [IN]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 7:38 AM

Don't get involved in their fight. If sister 1 wants sister 2 out, she needs to figure out how to do that and may need to evict her on her own. If your tenant requests a lock change, charge them, change the locks, and provide the tenant the new keys.

Changing Locks (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 8:47 AM

Leave it to sister number one to change the locks if she desires and lock out sister guest number 2. But be prepared for the police to show up and possibly call you. Have a copy of the lease ready.

Here in NJ, I saw a judge tell someone to leave a premises as they were not on the lease. Makes sense to me.

And this is why I advise people not to put a guest on the lease. Doing so could make your screened, paying tenant decide to move to get away from an annoying guest.

Pregnant girl needs to go home to parents.

Olde Miss Ally

Changing Locks (by Taylor [TX]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 1:12 PM

Here in Texas, if the Tenant asks you to change the locks, you have to change the locks (would your handling of the situation be different if it was a visiting boyfriend instead of a sister?).

There is no harm in changing the locks.

Changing Locks (by don [PA]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 2:32 PM

In Penna., the first sister would have to file an Action for Ejectment to get the 2nd sister out if she resides at the house. Not your problem. Sister 1 has to pay you rent until her lease is over and she gives you back an empty place.

Changing Locks (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 5:27 PM


I use Ernies's iCore locks so

-they are installed with his tamperproof screws so the res CANNOT change them.

-residents who change locks lose my good locks and leave me with more work and expense.

-*I* stay on control of my property and do not leave important issues like locks in the hands of a res, esp one who cannot deal with her own sister!

- she or her boyfriend WILL change your lock.

Me? When the leasee requests a lock change IN WRITING *I* change the locks and give the leasee the new key.

Before I do this, I call and explain that if SHE changes the lock there is a $75 replacement charge.

Unless there is a serious problem I drag my feet in hopes they work things out.

FYI Indiana law says if there is a domestic dispute or protective order the LL is required to change locks within 48 hours of the leasee's request.

Dontcha just love drama!?

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