You can ask the landlord to change the locks within 48 hours if either of the following is true:
- You fear imminent harm of the victim (yourself or a minor).
- The past harm (the abuse, sexual assault, or stalking) happened in the rental unit or on the property within the last six months.
NOTE: If the person who caused the harm also lives in the unit, you must give the landlord a copy of a court order that requires that person to leave the unit.
If the landlord changes the locks, the landlord will give a copy of the new key to each tenant (other than the person who has a court order not to be there.)
If the landlord does not change the locks, you can have them changed at your own expense (unless the landlord agrees to pay), but you must:
- make sure the new locks and installation are at least of the same quality as the original installation
- tell the landlord within 24 hours of the installation
- give the landlord a key to the new lock