I have a tenant you changed the locks to her apartment door without my knowledge or consent. She installed a key pad

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Customer: I have a tenant you changed the locks to her apartment door without my knowledge or consent. She installed a key pad lock and has not given me the code to the key pad therefore I can't get into her apartment if there is an emergency which by the way has already happened.The lock was changed in October 2018 and each time I ask for the code she says that she has already given it to me which is not true. I was reading the Landlord and Tenant Act and saw that I can fill out a form and take it to tribunal. My question is, since it was changed in 2018, can I still file this form with the tribunal and do I have the right to change the lock on her door to a key lock without her permission?
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I have attached a photo of her apartment door showing you the key pad lock
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Debra, Expert

Hello! My name is Debra (formerly known as Legal Ease). Thank you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

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Debra, Expert

This tenant is not permitted to change the lock.

You can change the lock on your own now so long as you give her a key.

You can also tell her that if she ever tries to change the lock again you will evict her. This would be grounds for eviction.

Does that clarify the law?

Please feel free to post back with any follow-up questions you may have. If you don't have any then I hope I have earned a 5 star rating but if you don't feel that I have please don't hesitate to reply back and let me know what more I can do to assist you. Finally, please know that even after you rate me I will be here for you and you can ask follow-up questions if you think of them later on at no further charge of course.

Customer
I have already filed an N7 form to have her evicted for other reasons but I just came across a form (L8 ) on the internet that I can submit to the Tribunal. The tenant has until the end of this month to move out. I haven't submitted the next form (L2) to the LTB board because she has one more week to move out. My question is, can I file the L8 form even though the L2 form has not be filed yet? What if she does move out next week, can I still file the L2 form?
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Debra, Expert

I suggest waiting one more week.

And then then use the L2.

Customer
What about the L8 form? Can I submit it at the same time?
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Debra, Expert

I am not sure if you can use them for the same hearing.

Please check with the board.

Customer
Ok, but can you at least tell me if it's worth pursuing through the courts considering that the locks were changed in 2018.
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Debra, Expert

I don't believe it is worth suing her.

I do believe you can get her out soon and you should be happy she will be gone soon.

Customer
I issued an N7 form to my tenant on January 3rd. She has until February 29th to move out. If she does not move out by the end of next week, I will be filing the L2 form to have her evicted. My question is, can I still collect her rent for the month of March while we are waiting to go to court even though my reason for ending her tenancy has nothing to do with rent money?
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Debra, Expert

Yes.

She doesn't get to live there for free.

Customer
If a tenant sublets their apartment, or has a roommate move in, can a lawyer do a reference check on the person that they sublet it to?
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Debra, Expert

They can do that only with the consent of the roommate.

It's not really necessary though because the tenant is still responsible. If there is an assignment of the lease then that is a different matter.

Customer
What does an assignment of the lease mean? They both are signing the lease. I just want to make sure that the roommate coming in is someone who is responsible.
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Debra, Expert

Assignment means there is a new lease and the new tenant is not liable to the old tenant but is liable to the landlord directly.

Customer
just that i understand, I have a tenant who has been renting from me for the past 5 years. He now is bringing in a roommate to live with him. The roommate is moving in March 1st. Up until now, I didn't have any lease agreements with any of my tenants. However, as of January 1st this year, I had all the tenants in the building sign a lease. So from what you are saying, this new roommate must sign the lease that I have given to all the tenants in the building?
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Debra, Expert

That's not what I meant.

This roommate doesn't have to sign a lease and actually none of the tenants can be required to sign a lease. Only new tenants can be required to do so.

Customer
I've asked all my tenants to sign a lease at the start of this year because I currently have a problem with one of the tenants in the building. I also had another tenant who has been living there for a few years request a lease from me therefore, I had every tenant sign a lease. Is that wrong? As well, don't i need everyone to sign the lease for insurance purposes? What happens if the building is sold, would the new owner be able to have them sign a lease even though they've all been living there fore quite some time?
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Debra, Expert

If they agreed you are fine but you cannot force them to.

Customer
With regards ***** ***** lease agreement, it states that there is no smoking allowed inside the apartment building including stairwells. I even have no smoking signs posted on the walls. However, we have a tenant that smokes drugs inside his apartment. There is a strong smell as you climb the stairs. Can I issue him a warning or is he allowed to smoke inside his apartment?I also have a tenant who has been living in one of the apartments for the last 5 years. Yesterday, I found out that he has two new roommates. One of the roommates moved in a couple of months ago and the other moved in last year. I was never told that they would be moving in. Can I fill out the A2 form and have them evicted? One of the roommates that moved in is the one who is smoking drugs in the apartment. If I can evict the tenant, is it just two who moved in without my knowledge or all three that I can evict?
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Debra, Expert

Can you please start new questions for these new post?

You can say "This is only for Debra" and then I will be the one to answer.

Thanks

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