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required on all exterior doors as long as one door - if the dwelling has French doors, so long as at least one French door - has both keyed and keyless deadbolts and the rest of the doors have keyless deadbolts.

A landlord may not require you to pay for repair or replacement of a lock or other security device if it breaks because of normal wear and tear. A landlord may require you to pay for repair or replacement of a lock that was damaged by your misuse (or the misuse by your family or guest), but only if authorized by an underlined provision in a written lease. You have the burden to prove that you, your family, or your guest did not cause the damage. Unless a landlord fails to timely install, change, or rekey a lock after giving the appropriate notices and paying any required fee as described below, you cannot install, change, or rekey a lock without the landlord's permission.

Landlord Must Rekey Between enancies A landlord must rekey or change all the key-operated locks (or other combination locks) on the exterior doors between each tenancy at her expense. The landlord must rekey not later than the seventh day after you move in. You can also ask the landlord to rekey or change the locks repeatedly during the tenanc , but these changes will be at your expense.

Procedure and Remedies for Lock Problems The landlord must install, repair, or rekey devices within a reasonable period of time, usually within seven days of the request. In cases of vio- lence occurring in the complex in the preceding two months, a break-in or attempted break-in of your place, or a break-in or attempted break-in of another unit in your complex within the preceding two months, the reasonable period is shortened to three days. You must notify the land- lord of the violence, break-in, or attempted break-in for the shorter time period to apply. Give your notice and request for installation or repair in writing and be sure to keep a copy of the notice. If you are responsible for paying the landlord for the installation, repair, or modification of the locks, the landlord may require the charges to be paid in advance, but only in very limited circumstances.

If the landlord fails to install, repair, or rekey locks by the deadlines described above, you should give a written notice to the landlord requesting compliance. In some circumstances, a landlord can be liable without this written notice, but you have fewer and smaller remedies. The notice requesting compliance will probably be your second notice concerning your lock or security problem. If the landlord fails to comply within seven days of the compliance notice (or three days if there has been foul play of the sort described above, or if the lease fails to disclose various tenant’s rights concerning security devices as described in this section), you may be able to do one or more of the following: unilaterally terminate the lease; install/repair the security device and deduct the cost from the rent; or file suit for a court order requiring the landlord to bring your individual dwelling in compliance and/or all of the landlord’s dwellings into compliance, and for actual damages, punitive damages, a civil penalty of $500 and one month's rent, court costs, and attorney's fees. See "Warning."


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