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Old 09-14-2007, 11:26 PM
 
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If you change/re-key your lock cylinder (or doorknob to the same style), how will they even know you've changed it, if they don't come back and try again? So if you change it, and they squawk, you can ask them why they are trying to get in your door without notice again. Either way, you win.
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Old 09-15-2007, 12:48 AM
 
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OMG you guys have me terrified to move up to L.A. now for a great job!! Is there any way to post property names that this has happened to, or the management companies for us niave folk?

*shiver*
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Old 09-15-2007, 02:56 AM
 
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I would definitely not let this nonsense stop me from taking a good job. In the first place, just imagine this happening where you are. You would simply set your shock aside and deal with it, and know that it's time to move. That this post comes from the LA forum does not suggest it doesn't happen everywhere. It does.

BTW, another thing you can do, if you really like your apartment, look up the property owner through the county tax records, and send him a registered little group message from all you folks who've been ripped off. You'll likely see a fire under the mgr's behind, if the owner's got any grits. Especially if you threaten him with a suit. Include a demand for the return of property, or restitution. The guy is liable. He won't kick you all out, because he'll be out the rent. Unless you've been rent-controlled for a long while. From what I hear, you can sit there for a long time without paying rent, holding your atty's hand...a landlord's nightmare. So it's in his best interest to stop it asap.
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Old 09-15-2007, 06:48 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I've been thinking a lot about this lately as I'm planning on moving to LA next year. I've been reading the forum and have seen several times people mention that if you're renting an apartment you can't change the locks without giving the manager a key in case of emergency or whatever. I've worried about that same thing, that someone will come into my apartment while I'm not there if keys are floating about.

I live in NYC and we can change locks without giving the superintendant the key. No law broken. We've had several plumbing emergencies as well with a neighbor above us that forgets to shut off her water in the tub and we get our bathroom flooded and the super was not able to get into her apartment because everyone in my building and anyone living in NY changes their locks without handing out spares.

Can a person in LA really be evicted if they change the locks, don't give the manager a key and there is an 'emergency' ?
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:50 AM
 
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There is a simple solution to this. I did it on my last apartment.

For $15 you can go to the hardware store and pick up a key chain locking type of device that you lock from the 'outside' of your door.The door opens about 3-4 inches and you simply turn the key on the top of the cylinder that connects to the door frame. No one can enter your apartment without cutting or breaking the chain... Then you will know that the repair people were in there. If mgmt tries to use a "must have emergency access" complaint, tell them to simply cut the chain if they need to be in your apartment. Everyone in an apartment building needs have these locks. Gives 100 % piece of mind when you are gone. Plus don't rent from a place that says they have the right to enter your apartment at any time. Bull**** if they have that right. They need to give notice if it is not an emergency.
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:53 AM
 
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OMG you guys have me terrified to move up to L.A. now for a great job!! Is there any way to post property names that this has happened to, or the management companies for us niave folk?

*shiver*
This can happen anywhere. This is not just a LA problem.
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:12 AM
 
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hi i live in housing and im disabled and the houseing is suppose to move me to the down stairs unit 2years now im still at the same unit so im staying with a friend for about 4 weeks my friend gos to check on my house i already spoke to the manager of the housing and he said that was ok when my friend went to my apartment yesterday he said that there was like someone went in my house cause had nud prints of the shoes on my floor and everything was all closed and locked up so i guessing who went in my house had to have a key eveything is still there isnt that illiage entry and what can i do pkease help me hawaii
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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hi i live in housing and im disabled and the houseing is suppose to move me to the down stairs unit 2years now im still at the same unit so im staying with a friend for about 4 weeks my friend gos to check on my house i already spoke to the manager of the housing and he said that was ok when my friend went to my apartment yesterday he said that there was like someone went in my house cause had nud prints of the shoes on my floor and everything was all closed and locked up so i guessing who went in my house had to have a key eveything is still there isnt that illiage entry and what can i do pkease help me hawaii
First off how about spell check. lol Second, this is an old post. May want to start a new one and give us all your tale of woe.
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