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Can a tenant change the locks?

Can a tenant change the locks?

Typically, the lease will state that the tenant cannot change locks without the landlord’s permission.  If the lease is silent about changing locks, then technically the tenant may change locks without the landlord’s permission and not give the landlord new keys.  However, the tenant must give the keys to the landlord or restore the lock to its original condition upon vacating the unit.  If the tenant does neither, the landlord may deduct the replacement cost for the lock from the security deposit.