Should the landlord change locks on new tenancy?



In the UK, the question was asked if it is illegal for the landlord to refuse to change the locks on a rental, especially when the new tenants request it. Surprisingly enough, it appears that, according the the survey conducted, 71% of the letting agencies that were surveyed said that 9 out of 10 landlords did NOT change the locks. They are not legally required to do so.


The fear of some tenants center around unhappy former tenants having made copies of their keys - if they handed them in at all - and wishing to do damage to the landlord's property, the new tenants' property simply being caught in the middle. A technical underwriting manager at the insurance company Direct Line assured the readers that a tenant would not be held responsible for former tenant breaking in and doing damage.

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POSTED October 07 2013 2:39 PM
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