11 Feb

What Exactly Is An Apartment Lockout

A lockout and an eviction are two separate items that should not be confused. If you have been locked out of your apartment home, you are not required by law to leave your apartment home. Laws are in place to protect you. But you should know the differences between the too. If you have been locked out, the property owner or manager is giving you notice that your behind on your rent.

What is the Lockout Intended For

The purpose of the lockout is to motivate the renter, you is usually behind on their rent, to contact the property manager or landlord to attempt to resolve the issue. Whether its paying off the balance in full, or arranging a payment schedule, this meeting meant to resolve the delinquency. Keep in mind management must adhere to strict rules when the locks are changed. And in the end, the renter must be given a new key regardless of the outcome. A property or owner cannot keep out the tenant without following a strict eviction process.

In review a lockout law states the following:

The resident must be late on her rent:
The property owner or manager must provide notice in writing of the impending lockout.
The resident will not have to pay any monies to gain access to the apartment home.
This is not an eviction

The property manager must mail a notice to the resident 5 days in advance of the lockout. It can also be hand delivered or posted on the front door 3 days before the locks are too be changed. The notice must include the following:

The rent amount the resident must pay to prevent the lockout.
The day the locks will be changed
The name and address where the manager will be so the resident may pay the rent

After the locks have been changed there must be a second notice placed on the residents door.

The location where the resident can go to get the new key 24 hours a day, a phone number that will be answered and a key obtained (2 hours) after calling the number.
And the amount of delinquent rent owed.

Most owners and property managers usually don’t lockout a resident. Its a whole lot of work for them. All the resident has to do is request a key. The eviction process is a much more effective tactic at getting residents to pay.