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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

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