Landlord changing building locks and I can't get the key
January 30, 2014 10:52 AM Subscribe
[NYCFilter] My landlord slipped a memo under the door last night that on Friday afternoon he was changing the front door locks to the building and all tenants had a small window to pick up new keys from him or had to make alternative arrangements. I cannot make the small window (night school), the number he listed is incorrect, and despite a couple voicemails on the other number I have for him he hasn't returned my calls. What are my options on Friday if I cannot get into the apartment? What are my rights?
posted by teabag to Law & Government (19 answers total)
This isn't because I'm being evicted or have failed to pay rent. I guess we have a problem with the key being copied and they're upgrading the locks. The memo was slipped under my door last night (and every other door); I have till Friday afternoon to get the new keys. Tonight is the only window he's listed as being available, for one hour. Unfortunately I'm in night school and I'm not about to miss class as that would ensure a failing grade (it's a pretty strict graduate program).
I guess I'm wondering: What are my rights in this situation?
The memo contains a number to a random person that has nothing to do with the building (he got pretty pissed at me this morning for the early calls). The number I have on file for the landlord is forwarded to a different number, where I've left a couple voicemails with my contact information, but have gotten no response. I'm worried that I'm going to come home on Friday and be unable to enter my building.
Unfortunately I'm only somewhat friendly with neighbors so I don't really have anyone to call about this in the building to stand in for me. Even if I did, the memo explicitly states that I will need to show government photo ID for the leaseholder in order to obtain the keys.
Any advice would be appreciated.