When the landlord must rekey locks

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10/20/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff

I’m moving to Amarillo for a 12-month work assignment and will lease my house in San Antonio while I’m gone. The man who’s renting my house in San Antonio says I have to rekey the locks, but I’m the only person who’s lived in that house since it was built. Is he correct?

Yes. The Texas Property Code requires you to rekey the locks no later than the seventh day after each tenant turnover date. “Tenant turnover date” is the date the tenant moves into the home under a lease after all previous occupants—including a landlord—have moved out. 

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Categories: Governmental Affairs, Landlords, Renters
Tags: rekey locks, tenant turnover, residential lease


Kody on 08/04/2016

Thanks for sharing. My brother has a house down in Huston. He is going to rent it out for a couple of years while he does an oil rig job out of the country. I will have to tell him he has to get his house rekeyed within 7 days of the renters getting in the home.

Jake White on 11/05/2015

I am about to move for a short period of time, and I am also leasing my house while I am gone.  This article answered my question perfectly as to whether I would need to rekey the locks.  Thanks for sharing this timely information with me!

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