A fellow tenant in my 40+ unit Seattle apartment has a master key.
August 14, 2012 10:22 AM Subscribe
A fellow tenant in my 40+ unit Seattle apartment has a master key. It opens my door. What is the appropriate action for me to take?
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I discovered that a fellow tenant in my apartment building was issued a master key at the beginning of their lease. The manager did this on accident and doesn't know this tenant has a master key. I am not worried that this particular tenant would enter my apartment, but I wonder how many other tenants were inadvertently issued master keys as well and I am extremely uncomfortable now. I am not aware of any crime at all having occurred in the building in the last few years I've been here, but locking the door certainly feels different now.
My goal is to ensure my own safety, security and peace of mind. I would prefer not to involve the other tenant at all. The tenant sort of confided this fact to me to illustrate their lack of faith in management, and I would prefer they not get attention from management. However, I think it's obvious that the tenant should have notified management as soon as this fact came to light.
I see a few options:
1. Change the lock on my door at my own expense and provide management with a copy of the key. I would do this to avoid revealing my knowledge of master key(s) in the wild, but I'm sure this approach would invite unwarranted suspicion of me if I refused to provide an explanation.
2. Approach management and let them know what I know. Demand that they check and re-issue the scores of keys that they have issued. This would reveal my knowledge and put the tenant under fire for having knowingly held onto a master key. I would also have to brace myself for escalation if they refused.
3. Demand the tenant find a way to reveal this fact to management and demand a key overhaul. However I would be reliant on the tenant and would have to involve myself if the tenant was unwilling or unable to get all the keys reissued.
Is there any city or state law or code that explicitly addresses this issue (Seattle, WA)? I searched through the Revised Code of Washington and came up short. If I outed the other tenant and demanded management address the issue and they refused, what would be my next line of recourse?