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

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 62
2315 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

That is really, really bizarre. We lived in a condo (owned it) and they were so good and respectful about entering our property. When they were repainting the doors, they made sure we were able to call and schedule based on our own convenience. 

They did enter our property without telling us, once, but I was okay with the situation: there was a strong smell of gas coming from what they thought was our unit, they knocked repeatedly, called our number on file (I didn’t answer), and then utilized the key on file to enter and ensure it wasn’t our unit (it wasn’t) or address the issue if it was. They called us and left a message after the fact, and also left a note on our door that we saw when we got home. Because it was a safety issue, and they tried everything they could to contact us before entering, I was more than okay with it. 

You really do need to address this, as you have every right to do. It sounds like you’re on the right path towards resolving it, but don’t back down. I would have the lock re-keyed or changed as well. 

Post # 63
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cmbr:  OMG. I would completely freak out. And be furious. I’m so paranoid about someone walking into our house.

I say, you own the place so you can change the locks. Or at lease have it re keyed. Theres no way that the pestiside man needs a key to your house!

Post # 64
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@whoa_its_ash:  Yeah, I think I would have rather been robbed blind by a stranger than to find out someone had been rifling through our belongings and taking things for 3 years. Completely grossed me out. 

Post # 65
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@cmbr:  Someone may have suggested this already, but you may be able to just get your current locks re-keyed so they’d still look the same, but would take a new key. Just be sure that the HOA doesn’t have a “master key” to all the locks used – because this is a possibility, but I think re-keying would render even the master key useless.

Post # 66
12 posts

When renting previously I was told not even 12 hours ahead of time (I did laundry around midnight so that’s the ONLY reaosn I even saw the note!) that there was “important electrical maintenance” be carried out, and they would enter our apartments beginning on ground floor at 8am working their way up. I was level 4 so I woke up at 8am and was cooking breakfast (right by the door) in a long top and shorts. The guys let themselves in without even knocking. Had I not done my washing the night before I would have been in just undies sleeping in full view of the front door (studio)

In our last place we had a plumber let himself in without knocking when my partner and I were being intimate. We’d had a note saying between 8am and 6pm so we figured a quickie few minutes wouldn’t be harmed. NO knock! LUCKY the bedroom was separated from the front room so we heard him and screamed so loud for him to get out!!

Change your locks. If you OWN it, and locks are not an external feature (such as doors, balcony styles/colours/materials, style of door etc so all units in a block look the same) so you’re within your right. And complain. Do not let them get away with this! I’m renting so I’m used to it, but my partner and I don’t like wearing many clothes in the middle of summer so god forbid that somebody walks in! 

Post # 67
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Get your locks rekeyed immediately. I wouldn’t bother waiting to hear back from anyone. Your keys are your business and nobody should have keys that you didn’t authorize. We changed our locks the instant we took possession of our home because we had no idea who would have had keya previously. A locksmith just comes and changes the internals for a new key somehow, you’d don’t actually have to change knobs. 

Post # 68
9168 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cmbr:  thAts crazy! We own a townhouse with an HOA and nothing like that has ever happened! I’d be complaining and changing my locks ASAP.

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