Area of Law: Landlord and Tenant
Answer # 432
Who can change the locks?Region: Ontario Answer # 432
Although a tenant has the right to privacy, under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), a tenant is not allowed to change the locks without the consent of the landlord. However, a landlord who provides the tenant with the required written notice to enter, may change the locks as long as the tenant is provided with new keys.
If the tenant wants the locks changed because of safety and security concerns the tenant should write a letter to the landlord stating all their concerns. A practical solution may be to get permission to change the locks or to install an additional lock and provide the landlord with a key.
If the landlord changes the locks and does not provide the tenant with a key, the tenant can call the police to assist in gaining entrance to their home. If the problem continues, the tenant can also apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an order requiring the landlord to provide a key.
For additional information on changing locks or making an application to the Board, visit the Landlord and Tenant Board.
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