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

Full Question:

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?
01/05/2007   |   Category: Landlord Tenant   |   State: Alabama   |   #166

Answer:

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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