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When I moved into my new apartment two weeks ago, my landlord told me that he had a strict policy of changing the locks every time a tenant moved out and before a new one moved in.

by Guest764  |  6 years, 8 month(s) ago

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When I moved into my new apartment two weeks ago, my landlord told me that he had a strict policy of changing the locks every time a tenant moved out and before a new one moved in. Last weekend, my apartment was broken into and the police caught the son of the last tenant with some of my stuff. He used the key to enter the apartment because it still worked. Can I take legal action against my landlord for the losses I have suffered?

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  1. Guest764

     Yes, you can take legal action against your landlord if it can be established that the locks were not changed or that they were inadequate. The courts have found that a landlord has a duty to provide proper locks on rented premises. The possibility of criminal activity is a reasonably foreseeable result of failing to provide proper locks.
    A landlord does not have a statutory duty to change locks after every tenant leaves, but once he takes this obligation upon himself, he has a duty to ensure the locks are changed each time a tenant moves in.

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