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No flames no hysterics here... When a landlord SNOOPS in your apt unannounced you CHANGE YOUR LOCKS ASAP !!

Posted by the president on November 01, 2000 at 12:13:40:

We were told, by a previous poster, that if you fail to give your door keys to the landlord that you can be evicted. He posted a court case with an index number but failed to provide the link to the case or even a summary of the FACTS of the case. I also saw a lot of flames and hysterics in his post.

You cannot be evicted from an apt if you fail to give a key to a landlord unless you were ordered and directed to do so by a judge or perhaps if your locked door caused a serious loss of property or life after you were told to provide a key and you failed to do so. I am positive that the case he mentioned fell into the areas I mentioned here and in the October Archives.

Until we see the ACTUAL CASE or at least a summary of it, I would change my locks in a heartbeat if I had a snooping landlord going into my apt for no reason except to take a look around.

One other word of advice, if you have a SEGAL deadbolt lock in your apt, take note. When you lock the door, from the inside, if you turn the knob a bit more so that it is on an angle, even if someone HAS A KEY TO YOUR APT they will not be able to open the lock. I would suggest that you get a MEDECO lock with a face plate and a heavy chain and have it all installed by a licensed and bonded locksmith and pay by credit card so that if there is a problem with the work you will have the credit card company fight for you to get it done properly.


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