Landlord relations concerning apartment locks
March 24, 2010 8:56 AM Subscribe
I'm paranoid about security and want to add a strong door lock and interior deadbolt when I move in. What should I expect (or how should I handle) the landlord-relations part of this?
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to change to a stronger entrance door lock as well as add an interior deadbolt I can draw from the inside and a chain, and I have a couple questions:
1. In your experience, what would the average landlord response to a request to add a new lock and a deadbolt/chain be:
- sure, I'll pay for it if it isn't already there
- sure, but you pay for it
- no, and I'm suspicious that you're barricading yourself in to make drugs or something (?)
- no, because it'll ruin the wall/door
2. In the case of the deadbolt, a landlord might be less happy because this prevents him from entry. Would a locksmith generally add an interior deadbolt without a landlord's agreement, or is this required? (I know adding a deadbolt without the landlord's agreement would violate a "no changes to the apartment without approval" in some leases.)
3. Some of my paranoia comes from a past landlord not changing the locks before I moved in, and a past tenant still had a working key to the place (=problems). In your experience, how okay are landlords with requests to replace keys/locks? Is this generally done anyway when people move out? If I offer to pay for this, will a landlord be okay with it (and what is the range of cost)?
There are other questions about types of locks and other ways of improving apartment security on this site, so I'm not interested in those areas--just in smoothing this with my landlord. I'll be on the east coast of the U.S., if that makes any difference (Maryland).