What to do about a building key, and obstinate landlord?
May 30, 2014 1:51 PM Subscribe
So i've read the previous Asks like this
but i'm in a bit of a bind moreso than those with regards to an obstinate landlord who wants to charge me a TON for a new key, snowflakes inside...
posted by emptythought to Law & Government (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So i lost my keys. Not a huge deal, i had spares of everything except for the main entrance to my building and my mailbox(the spares i had cut don't actually open it, awesome!). I have my partners set of keys available, which include the missing front door/main entrance key.
The problem is, it's one of those "REGISTERED DO NOT COPY" medeco keys. I've read the previous posts on here about putting tape over it and other ideas, and found some locksmiths willing to help out... but thusfar they don't have the correct blank, couldn't even order it, and can't help me. I'm starting to think copying the key i already have isn't an option here, without going through the landlord.
So, Why don't i just call the landlord? They want $500. five hundred dollars. More than half my rent. They refuse to issue an extra key, and want to re-key the entire building as it's a "safety issue"(and had a wonderful "if i give you an extra key, i might as well not lock it at all!" rant) and bill it all to me, because "we wouldn't have to do it if you didn't lose it". They've already offhandedly told me an extra key costs them $13.(there's a separate issue here but i care less about it, of them wanting to charge me ~$50-80 to re key the mailbox because "we don't keep spares, that would be illegal anyways it's a mailbox!" then why does EVERY other building?)
Is this even legal? do i have any recourse? It's in the lease, but they could have also put "we are allowed to set fire to tenants possessions if rent is 1 day late" in there and it would be meaningless. I've had several landlords put unenforceable stupid shit in leases before. I'm in seattle if it helps. I tried to call the local tenants union, but they literally only accept calls from 10am to noon... monday through wednesday(yes, seriously). Normally i know quite a bit about landlord tenant stuff locally, but this one is new to me and my "lifelines"(former landlord family members, etc) id normally call gameshow style are stumped.