Can landlord change the locks if tenant is behind on the rent?

01/05/2007 - Landlord Tenant - State: AL #166

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Tenant is extremely behind in rent payments. Landlord has decided to change the locks on Tenant's apartment. Can Landlord legally lock Tenant out of the apartment?


In most jurisdictions, the law prohibits landlords from changing locks, adding new locks, or otherwise making it impossible for the tenant to use the normal locks and keys. Even if a tenant is behind in rent, such lockouts are illegal.

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01/05/2007 - Category: Landlord Tenant - State: AL #166

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