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Brenda Logan…, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA

Who is to pay for the changing of the lock after a tenant moves out?

Asked by Brenda Logan King, Pittsburgh, PA Sat Mar 16, 2013

The tenants that live upstairs, wanted the landlord to change the locks after I moved out. He is charging me for this. Isn't it on the landlord.

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Blair W. Cohen’s answer
Check your lease. There may be a provision that requires the tenant pay to have the locks changed upon vacating. If there is no term relating to this then the tenant is not permitted to change locks when moving in, while residing there or upon vacating without permission from the owner or manager. You may want to consider speaking with a good real estate attorney before taking legal action. Also consider if the ends justifies the means (will it cost more then you may get if you win).
Good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 16, 2013
The owner should pay for changing of the locks but this has to be explained in the lease in the beginning. If the owner does keep the hand money to do this but doe't explain in the beginning of the have an argument in court.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 16, 2013
he probably has your deposit,
he can deduct the cost from that money,
and you can unly sue him.
You can't beat him up,
over $20!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 16, 2013
Thanks. Yes, he took it out of the deposit. But it was $49, not $20!
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