Can I change the locks?

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I have a rental house Denver. My renter has not paid his rent for over three months. Can I change the locks so he can’t get back inside? I don’t think he is planning to pay me. It also looks like his dog has completely destroyed the backyard.

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Posted by Frustrated landlord
Asked on April 13, 2016 12:53 pm
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Good afternoon!

This is a question I get quite often from landlords. Frustratingly enough for landlords, you don’t have the right to change the locks or prevent your tenant from occupying your house without legally evicting the tenant. Doing so could lead to liability on you, even though you are the owner of the house! A legal eviction can take time but will protect you from liability. As an added benefit, that eviction case can be used as the vessel for attempting to collect for the financial harm your tenant has done to you, both through lost rent and damage to the property.

An attorney will be able to walk you through the process and find a solution that fits your precise situation.

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Posted by Andrew Kurpanek (Questions: 0, Answers: 3)
Answered on April 13, 2016 1:08 pm