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Backyard shed with no locks

Posted Jun 26 2022, 14:07

I have a shed that's approximately 8'x10' in the backyard that doesn't have a lock. When I rent out this property will I "have" to get a lock for it for the tenants? 

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Aaron Poling
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Aaron Poling
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Replied Jun 26 2022, 15:17

If you don't provide a lock, just put something in the lease that says if they use the storage building to store items, they are required to install their own lock. 

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Replied Jun 26 2022, 15:35

If it is for them to use, it is up to them to secure it.

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ModeratorReplied Jun 27 2022, 04:58
Quote from @Jerry Lo:

I have a shed that's approximately 8'x10' in the backyard that doesn't have a lock. When I rent out this property will I "have" to get a lock for it for the tenants? 


If you intend to let the tenant use it, make them install a lock. I recommend you add a statement in the lease that says you are not responsible for theft or damages to anything stored in the shed.

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Replied Jun 27 2022, 13:26

@Jerry L.  I would just make sure the closing latch has hasp or a place to put a padlock.  You don't want them drilling a lock on to the shed.