Changing Locks When You Move In:
When you move into a new house, condo, townhouse, or apartment you can be sure that many other people have had copies of your keys for any number of legitimate reasons. Where are all those copies now? Changing locks will protect you in the event some keys to your home end up in the wrong hands. No matter if you rent, own, or are part of an association you need to be sure you and your family are the only ones with keys to your home.
If you are renting an apartment or house, the owner or manager is responsible for changing locks between tenants. Speak with your landlord to find out who will have access to the house or apartment. When renting a house it is common for only the owner to have spare keys in case of an emergency. Apartment complexes typically use a lock system that allows employees such as maintenance men to use a master key to enter any apartment. This way the maintenance crew doesn’t have to carry a ten pound key ring. Do not change the locks in an apartment without first speaking to the landlord or investigating the terms of your lease.
When you move into a condo or townhouse many aspects of your property may be governed by the community association. This often includes many cosmetic factors, and what your front door lock looks like from the outside may be one of them. Speak with your association representative before changing locks. You can always have them rekeyed to preserve uniformity of appearance in the community.
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