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Do you always have to change the locks for a new tenant?

Asked by Trulia Cape Coral, Cape Coral, FL Mon Apr 8, 2013

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Yes, yes, yes!! You want your tenant to know that you care about them and the property and you want it/them to be safe. This also shows that you are conscientious!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
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Good advice from Nadine Mauro below, if you have multiple properties.

There are a few other cheaper ways of doing this as well.

But how much are 2 new locks at Lowes $40.00 each, which they can re-key at the store to the same key and that takes 20 minutes to switch out when you get to the property?

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 9, 2013
Hi,

You have no way of knowing how many keys the old tenant may have handed out to their friends/relatives/enemies.

If you change the lock and give the new tenant a key, that should make the tenant feel more comfortable in their new home.

I've also collected locks from various properties, and move them to another rental. The person moving into the new property has a new(er) lock and the place the lock came from is unknown to others.

Nadine Mauro
Highlight Realty
561-414-0864
NadineSellsHouses@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
Well, of course you should. Just common good practice.

Regards,

Kevin
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
Only if you want to sleep better at night, and not expect a call and being told your tenant was robbed and there were no apparent breaking. Guess who going to held accountable?

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
Always change locks when tenant leaves and then no worries about keys that are out
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Always change locks when tenant leaves and then no worries about keys that are out
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
Have to, no but you should. It is responsible and respectful for the new tenant.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
Don't you like your new renter to be safe?
I say yes
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
There is no law in changing locks after a tenant moves out, but speaking from experience I highly recommend in doing so. After all, it provides you with a peace of mind.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
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YES!

Who knows who the prior tenants gave copies of keys to
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