can i add additional locks on apartment? landlord constantly enters without permission, makes comments about items left out on table/sink?

11 Answers

Relevance
  • 2 months ago

    Generally, you cannot modify someone else's property without their permission.

    If your landlord is violating your rights (under local laws or your agreement), you can try asking them to stop doing that if they want to avoid legal troubles.

    There is no universal law that requires a landlord have all the keys necessary to enter your home without your consent. In some places* they need your consent to enter, unless they can prove it's an "emergency". 

    Just start by politely asking them what they think they're doing by entering your home in the first place and go from there.

    *e.g., NH RSA 540-A,IV. No landlord shall willfully enter into the premises of the tenant without prior consent, other than to make emergency repairs.

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    no, have to give them a key.

  • R P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You can, but only with your landlord's written permission. Even then, you have to give him a key.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    YES, you have my permission. Anonymous internet guy. 

  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 2 months ago

    Not without landlord permisson & giving them a key.  You cannot make ANY changes to property you do not own without the permission of the owner. 

    You CANNOT lock the landlord out of THEIR property. They do not need your persmission in most states. Once a legal notice to enter has been served in accordance with your sated laws you do not have to agree to it or be there. If they are entering without serving proper notice then you have to sue them. 

  • 2 months ago

    Yes if you first gain written permission from the landlord and provide him a copy of the key to each lock.

  • 2 months ago

    You can't change the locks unless you also give the landlord the keys,

    The landlord has to give 24 hours written notice to enter the property, so perhaps remind them of that.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not without permission from the landlord and giving them a key otherwise you are in breach of contract.......... you need to write a letter to your landlord, record deliver it advising the landlord of your local landlord/tenant laws about the minimum required notice they need to give before entering the property or they are in breach of contract and you could sue them for that breach..the landlord NEVER needs permission from the tenant, just minimum notice of intention

  • 2 months ago

    You are supposed to get permission. No idea what he'll do if you did it anyhow, but he could, worst case, evict you for breaking the lease if you didn't put it back how it was at your own cost.

  • 2 months ago

    You can't lock your landlord out of their apartment.

    Remember, you are borrowing it.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.