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Putting a lock box on the thermostat

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#1 jtld424


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Posted 05 November 2010 - 02:53 PM

Does a Landlord have the right to put a lockbox on a thermostat? I live upstairs in a garage apartment that has only one Heating unit and the upstairs apartment has the thermostat. The downstairs apartment gets cold in the winter while the upstairs is hot. The tenants downstairs called the land lord and said I wouldn't turn up the heat and they never contacted me anyway the landlord has now put a lock box on the thermostat and has it set for 70 degrees. Is this legal?

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 05:09 AM

I don't know that it would be unlawful (you can ask the local government and code enforcement folks), but you're absolutely free to file a petition against the landlord in the landlord-tenant court if you don't have adequate heat.  That the HVAC system/ducts aren't properly set up and the upstairs gets too hot isn't your problem.

I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics.  If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable.  Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.  :)

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