I inherited four tenants on 4plex, rented the attic as an art studio. 3 units share a common entrance.
This morning I get a text from one saying a key is broken in the lock and it doesn't open/unlock.
I went there and replaced the lock, provided new keys to two of the tenants there (who didn't have a broken key) and so using elimination, figured it was the 3rd tenant.
Texted the tenant and they claim their key works fine and they didn't break anything.
Because I can't prove who did it, assuming all 3 return non-broken keys (and for two of them I don't know what their key looked like before hand i.e. style/coloring etc) do I just eat it or is there another way to determine who the culprit is?
It doesn't really matter who the culprit is. That's part of owning property. Just provide keys to all tenants. Not worth the hassle of tracking down whose key broke in the lock. Must mean your lockset is stiff and difficult to open.
Not worth it. Any of them could have made a copy of their key and still have a good key, plus was an accident and it's not a big enough repair to care.
Unless you place no value on your time.... eat it. It'd probably take longer to get in touch with who you think did it then it did to change the lock.
Thanks folks, first hurrah in a multi-family but makes sense; appreciate it!