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    Locks Changed on Front Door

    I have returned to my flat yesterday evening to find my key doesn't work. It's been changed in last week. I dont know who has/ would have.

    The only thing that I could think of is two weeks ago a contractor had come around and left a machine which drains water from floor. I hadn't been around in past 8 days due to personal circumstances. Besides this I'm not sure why this has happened.

    If indeed it has been entered into as an emergency, does that mean I have to call locksmith and get it unlocked or management company for keys / council? I have a contractor coming around tomorrow to do checks.

    #2
    Originally posted by Handson View Post
    I have returned to my flat yesterday evening to find my key doesn't work. It's been changed in last week. I dont know who has/ would have.

    The only thing that I could think of is two weeks ago a contractor had come around and left a machine which drains water from floor. I hadn't been around in past 8 days due to personal circumstances. Besides this I'm not sure why this has happened.

    If indeed it has been entered into as an emergency, does that mean I have to call locksmith and get it unlocked or management company for keys / council? I have a contractor coming around tomorrow to do checks.
    Are you the landlord or a tenant of this flat?
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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      #3
      Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
      Are you the landlord or a tenant of this flat?
      landlord.

      The flat is not occupied.

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        #4
        It would seem sensible to contact the management company first and then if they know nothing about it, get a locksmith. If someone has broken in and changed the locks they are squatters.
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          #5
          Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
          It would seem sensible to contact the management company first and then if they know nothing about it, get a locksmith. If someone has broken in and changed the locks they are squatters.
          ok thanks MTG.

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            #6
            I have phoned them and they have nothing logged onto their system.

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              #7
              It would also be good to have this answered from a Landlords perspective. As I have noticed that some members advise tenants to change locks and keep them safe until end of tenancy.

              In the event of an emergency, who is liable for all entry cost and repairs if there is an emergency in the property? I do mean an emergency to prevent further damage to the property (or risk to life).

              Baz

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                #8
                Originally posted by Bazdaa View Post
                It would also be good to have this answered from a Landlords perspective. As I have noticed that some members advise tenants to change locks and keep them safe until end of tenancy.

                In the event of an emergency, who is liable for all entry cost and repairs if there is an emergency in the property? I do mean an emergency to prevent further damage to the property (or risk to life).

                Baz
                OP states property is empty.

                To answer your question - T would be liable if locks were changed without landlords authority.

                OP: In that case, it sounds like squatters. Have the neighbours seen/heard anything?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
                  To answer your question - T would be liable if locks were changed without landlords authority.
                  Thanks.

                  Might be worth mentioning when advising tenants to change locks!

                  Baz

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Bazdaa View Post
                    Might be worth mentioning when advising tenants to change locks!
                    The advice is invariably given with the proviso that T must reinstate the original locks prior to the end of the tenancy.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by westminster View Post
                      The advice is invariably given with the proviso that T must reinstate the original locks prior to the end of the tenancy.
                      I believe Bazdaa is talking about an emergency during the tenancy.
                      Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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