Allan Ostenfeld

Change Your Locks

It is important to change your lock once you have moved into a new home and that should be the main priority or at the very least to rekey the locks. Lucky for you, Locksmith Sutherland could do that for you!

Bare in mind, if you are moving into an apartment or condominium that is considered to be a commercial property since the spaces are leased or rented and here are reasons to change the locks after moving into a new commercial property or a new house.

Someone was here before you! Even though the apartment is new to you, it was first rented to at least one other stranger before you. Not only might this former tenant still have a copy of the key, he or she has probably given a copy to who knows who. You would want to feel safe and secure inside your apartment, and you cannot ever be completely secure if a key to your front door is roaming around in the hands of someone you don’t know.

Even if the last tenant returned the keys, you have no way of knowing for sure whether or not the tenant made copies of the keys. The only way to gain full security in between tenants is to have new locks, or rekeyed locks that require a new key, installed. Before you do anything in regard to the locks, however, make sure it adheres to the guidelines of the lease and abides by state regulations.

It’s always the best idea to include every scenario that could arise regarding locks changes in the lease. There are guidelines to know and situations that happen between landlords and tenants when attempting to changing or not changing the locks on the commercial property. Some of scenarios that happen include abandonment or a defiant tenant.

Keep in mind, if the lease has not yet expired, the landlord does not have the right to tamper with the locks without the knowledge of the tenant even if the tenant has left. When a landlord encounters a defiant tenant, who has broken the lease by not paying rent and has destroyed the property, the landlord may decide to change the locks to keep the undesirable tenant out, but this is not legal. The landlord must first file an eviction notice and go through the proper procedures for evicting a tenant before changing the locks.

If the landlord allows the tenants to change their own locks or have us do it, it’s important to state in the lease that the tenant will then need to give the landlord a key to allow the landlord access to the apartment when necessary.

With all these issues being discussed and reasoned with, Locksmith Sutherland will be there to help you to change the locks after moving into a new commercial property!

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