(Closed) Who has a key to your house? Strange man in my house, frustrated with my HOA.

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2176 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would change my locks — only costs like $50 -100 and it will make it really easy to know who has keys!


in my case – hubby and I, parents (but they live hrs away), a friend who lives a block away keeps a spare just in case and housekeeper


we did it as soon as we moved into our condo – who knows who had the old owners key

Post # 5
1832 posts
Buzzing bee

Agree – change your locks asap – that is not a rental apartment.

Post # 6
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

No– I’m pretty sure this is not normal. I rent in NYC, and the OWNERS would NEVER enter without my permission unless there was clear and immediate danger (ex: water gushing from under the door). My building super doesn’t even havea key. 

I agree re: changing your locks, and get a copy of the HOA’s bylaws/start attending their board meetings. I would also start a petition with your neighbors asking that the HOA not enter your home/provide access to others. This is messed up. 

Post # 7
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cmbr:  I’m not from the us so i don’t have anything helpful to say but just wanted to reply anyways as this is outrageous!!!!!

does it say in your contract that anyone else has a key? +1 on suggesting to change the locks!

Post # 8
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Yeah, I would change the locks. You own the place, right? (not renting, is that right?) So you should be allowed to change the lock. I’m guessing that might be something you have to talk to the complex management/building superintendent about though, even though you own the unit.

We rent the house we live in, so the woman who owns the house (landlady I guess) has a key, but she calls before she comes by the house and leaves lots of notice if something is going to be done on the property (which is rare though).

Post # 9
3229 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would have changed the locks yesterday.  This is insane!

Post # 10
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@cmbr:  WTFFFF!

I would be raging mad too. You’re not overreacting even a tiny little bit. Yes, I would change the locks without consulting anyone. 🙁

Post # 12
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That is really bizarre. I would change the locks ASAP and make a huge complaint. I feel like pest control should be the unit owners responsibility not the HOA’s… 

A doornob may count as an “external feature” but if you get one realyl similar, I don’t think it should matter. 

Post # 14
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

That’s crazy – change the locks.

We rent and we’ve never had this problem. We know our management company has keys, and we receive a written notice on the door at least a day before any indoor maintenance. If they have to enter our townhouse, they are required to knock several times before ever entering, to be sure if someone is home that they are heard. I would be really pissed (and frankly, freaked out, because I am a baby about being home alone).

Post # 15
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@cmbr:  Definitely change the locks. No one should have access to the inside of your home but you. Let the HOA know that you won’t grant anyone access to the inside of your home unless you and your husband are present. I don’t think locks count as an external feature, as long as you match the style of the other locks/doorknobs.

Would you be allowed to install an alarm system? I might do that, too.

Post # 16
112 posts
Blushing bee

You can have a locksmith re-key an existing lock. That way you’re not replacing the knob fixture itself, but you get the same result. Good luck with the HOA!

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