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Old 12-27-2013, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by bigdumbgod View Post
OP probably isn't too concerned - original question was asked over two and a half years ago.
Darn, i wasted all my great advice! But, thanks for the update!! These sneaky old threads seem to show up and bite us.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by NoMoreSnowForMe View Post
You know what, I'm amending my opinion on this one.

I just looked at the website for the eviction attorney. Turns out he used to be the president of the Apartment Owner's Association, which is what the LL referenced in his email - that he was a member of the AOA.

The website allows landlords to ask him questions for free. It makes sense that the LL would know of him from his AOA membership, and why not ask an attorney a question for free?

Plus, this attorney provides free contracts and other forms you can download right off his website. I looked at the contract and it's actually a good contract, IMO. There is a section regarding alterations not being allowed to the property, including locks, without LL's written permission.

Then, as I see in the email, the attorney said, "based on your description" of the door, he doesn't need to put a deadbolt. I'm guessing this means it's not a swinging door.

Anyway, if the contract you have is the one from that attorney's website, you can't add a lock without his written permission. The exception would be if it was a swinging door, per the CA code on habitability. But, I'm betting it's not.

So, if I'm right in my new assumptions, I think it would be fair for you to pay for the lock if you want it, going the cheap route I mentioned above, and get it keyed to the master key. Be sure you have it in writing from the LL that you can put it in. Sounds like you have an email to that effect, which would work.

Sorry for my back and forth on this. I came back to this thread as I was curious about that website, and after surfing it, I changed my opinion
Thanks for all the advice. The door was a swinging door. It opened up to a "Private" patio surrounded by a weak, deteriorating wooden fence with 2 doors. One door went to the alley (padlocked). The other door, unlocked/unsecured, lead around the building to the front where the world could just walk in. Anyone could just walk around and spend the entire day, in private, picking the weak lock on the door.

Anyway, recently I experienced a mold and cockroach problem. I moved out this past week.
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