Locking out my creepy landlord

QUESTION:  I’m a young single female, and my landlord creeps me out.  He ogles me a lot and I’ve been getting a feeling that he’s been in my flat while I’ve been at work.

Last week I came home to find him in the unit. OK, I have to say he was fixing a light fitting that I’d asked him to repair (although he didn’t say he was coming round to do it).

I want to change my locks so he can’t just walk in.  Am I allowed to do this?  I won’t feel safe if I don’t. – JessRabbit, Marrickville.

ANSWER:  Unless you have an order from the CTTT to say otherwise, you can’t change the locks without giving the landlord a key within seven days.

However, if  the landlord isn’t coming round while you are out, how is he going to know that you have changed them?

It’s a breach of your lease but if you really don’t trust him and you don’t want to move you could change the locks and have a spare key ready to give him if he really does need to get in.

But first, go to tenantsNSW.org.au HEREand download Factsheet 7 which explains your rights and obligations in detail.

In Queensland go HERE or HERE.  In Victoria go HERE or HERE.

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