My tenant has changed the locks, is this allowed?

November 3, 2014

My tenant has changed the locks, is this allowed?

If the tenant changes the locks, landlords are not entitled to a key unless it says so in the contract. However, the tenant should not unreasonably withhold access, and if he or she does, the landlord can apply to the county court for an injunction.

If the tenant does change the locks they should preserve the fixtures and fittings. Any damages caused by the tenant maybe recoverable from the tenancy deposit.

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