On my duplex, I have two tenants. I have asked one to leave even offered them cash for keys. They are inherited tenants and the unit has to be rehabbed in order to be livable. It does not look like they are trying to find a place or packing. I need a set of keys because I have a gut feeling things could "magically" go wrong.
Can I inform the tenants, change out both sets of locks l, and give them a set of keys while keeping a set? There lease has been assigned, and there is no key clause.
What do you think?
I don't understand your question are you saying the person you bought the place from didn't give you the keys at closing and now you need keys? That is weird but I guess you could ask the tenant to make you a copy of their key and reimburse them. Or just say the old owner didn't keep a record of service personal with copies of keys and for everyone's security you want to change the locks
Or maybe but hopefully not you are trying to change the locks on a tenant without going through proper eviction procedure. Don't do that! Cash for keys may be a good solution but make sure they vacate and sign a relinquishment of occupancy or whatever your jurisdiction requires before you pay them.
I don't see why changing the locks is needed? If the tenants give you a key problem solved. If they won't give you a key and you break the lock and install new ones so you have a key and things go south you'll want to change the locks again after they are out. If they don't give you a key and things go south you break the locks and install new locks when you get possession.
You have two different things going on.
"Cash for keys" generally refers to paying a tenant to leave, rather than evict.
Changing locks as a new property owner is seldom met with resistance, especially when explaining that there is no way to know who has keys to the current locks.
Are you going to rehab while they live there and need access?
If you want them out, start the process.
You need to express your ideas clearly. To your tenants, to BP forums and especially in court, if and when it comes to that.
I don't understand the question. Did the seller not give you a key at closing? If so (that's weird) ask a tenant to copy theirs.
It's always a good to change the locks when you buy a property as you don't know who has keys to it. But if you want the current tenants to move out, I'd wait and change the locks after so you don't have to do it twice.
I think he is saying the seller didn't provide keys at closing (not that uncommon - has happened to me). In that case you can either:
(1) ask tenants for their key, run down to the hardware store and make yourself a set
(2) notify the tenant in writing that you are "updating" the locks on their unit and are changing out the lockset; a hurdle would be you need them to provide access to their unit so you can put the new lock on
I'm not that worried about having to "change the locks again" after they leave. You can always buy a third set and install it, and then use the one you bought previously as a spare and rotate them through different units on turnover.