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    Changing locks on new rental property

    Being a first time renter with a wife and newborn I feel kind of uneasy knowing that previous tenants could have a key to the house, so changing locks is that something that should be done soon after moving in? Should the landlord be told about it or not?

    #2
    Does your tenancy agreement say anything about changing the locks?
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      If you do change the locks it is imperative that the landlord & /or agent has upto date keys for access in the case of an emergency - eg water leak while you & your family are on holiday. Ask your landlord / agent what precautions they have taken to be sure all keys have been returned from previous tenants. You may find the landlord will change the locks for you too.

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        #4
        If tenancy says nothing about changing locks you can. Keep old ones anyway to change back. If nothing in tenancy then no requirement to inform landlord or agent: i'd be inclined not to then if they attempt entry eithowi informing you 1st you'll know you are dealing with people who ignore the law.
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          And if your house floods while you are on holiday & the landlord has to force entry to turn off the water because the keys don't work you will be left with the bill! Unless you have rented from some dodgy landlord they would have no reason to enter the property without notice so that should not really be a concern. Remember - it is your home but it is the landlords property and s/he will generally only do what is best for the property.

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            #6
            Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
            And if your house floods while you are on holiday & the landlord has to force entry to turn off the water because the keys don't work you will be left with the bill!
            Not any different to if you own the place and it floods.
            I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

            I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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              #7
              Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
              ...................Remember - it is your home but it is the landlords property and s/he will generally only do what is best for the property.
              Nope: Whilst there is a tenancy, even if rent not being paid, it is merely landlord's investment, but tenant's home & property - see

              https://www.landlordlawblog.co.uk/20...its-still-his/


              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                I always change the locks when a tenancy ends for safety reasons. I'm not sure what would be the LL liability if a previous tenant simply let himself in. Maybe you should ask your LL if locks have been changed already.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
                  Unless you have rented from some dodgy landlord
                  T is unlikely to know LL is dodgy before entering the agreement.

                  And there are dodgy agents out there too.

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                    #10
                    and tenants!

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                      #11
                      As far as I am aware you are not allowed to change locks. I'm sure if you expressed your concerns to the LL he would change the locks for you. In any event I believe the LL has the right to have keys and retain access, but of course, he is not allowed to let himself in without giving 24 hrs prior notice, unless it's an 'emergency'. Not all landlords are rogues, you know.

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                        #12
                        My LL's have not had keys to my home for 35 years know !

                        I still let them in for repairs, electric, fire alarm checks so on as long as I get advance warning ...
                        Thunderbirds are go

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Crunchyfrog View Post
                          As far as I am aware you are not allowed to change locks. I'm sure if you expressed your concerns to the LL he would change the locks for you. In any event I believe the LL has the right to have keys and retain access, but of course, he is not allowed to let himself in without giving 24 hrs prior notice, unless it's an 'emergency'. Not all landlords are rogues, you know.
                          You've read the tenancy agreement & confirmed what it says on changing locks and providing copies of keys?

                          A tenant may decline permission to landlord to entry. See very long sticky on the subject.
                          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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