Can a tenant change locks?
Every rental agreement differs and you’re subject to certain specific terms, but the question of most people’s lips are, “Can I, as a tenant, change locks in my new rental property?”
The answer is likely yes, however you will:
- Need to seek permission from your tenant (and this communication normally needs to go through your agent)
- Confirm who is responsible for the costs – and a landlord might be able to say it’s your responsibility
- Provide a key to your landlord and estate agent
You, as a tenant, can’t change the locks without permission, as a landlord – the owner of the home – has the right to access their own property at all times.
Find out why a landlord may be able to change the locks in this blog post.
Australian building codes and standards
There are strict guidelines surrounding the use of locks (in particular, deadbolts) in certain types of buildings like apartment blocks.
A qualified locksmith understands the ins and outs of these guidelines and can provide both landlords and tenants with the right solutions to ensure Australian standards are being adhered to.
Galmier Locksmiths Melbourne
Regardless if you’re a tenant or a landlord, the main goal of your home is to be a safe and comfortable haven for you and your family. Galmier is a locksmith based in Melbourne’s Bayside region serving commercial, residential, and auto clients across Melbourne’s inner east.
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Disclaimer: This page is designed to provide helpful and general information for both landlords and tenants. We understand that contracts, conditions, and agreements differ, so when in doubt, contact your real estate agent. Use the above info as helpful guidance.