How to handle the Tenant’s request for additional security devices…
The tenant is entitled to make certain requests, described below. Generally an oral request is sufficient, unless the tenant has a written lease that requires the request or notice to be in writing. Such a provision must be underlined or in boldfaced print to be effective.
A tenant who makes a request authorized by statute is entitled to have the landlord take the requested action, but only at the tenant’s expense. If properly requested to do so, a landlord must install (1) a keyed dead bolt on an exterior door if the door has a doorknob lock but not a keyed dead bolt or if the door has a keyless bolting device but not a keyed dead bolt or doorknob lock; and (2) a sliding door pin lock or sliding door security bar if the door is an exterior sliding glass door without a sliding door pin lock or sliding door security bar. In the case of a tenant’s request made before January 1, 1995, in regard to the exterior door of a dwelling constructed before September 1, 1993, the landlord must install (1) a keyless bolting device if the door does not have a keyless bolting device; and (2) a door viewer if the door does not have a door viewer.
If the landlord has failed to install devices that he or she is obligated to install without waiting for a tenant request, the tenant may demand immediate compliance with the statute. Additionally, during the lease term and any renewal period, a landlord must repair or replace a security device on request or notification by the tenant that the security device is inoperable or in need of repair or replacement.
- Required Security
- Tenant’s Requests
- The Landlord’s Duty
- Selecting the Devices
- Charging the Tenant
- Sued by the Tenant
- Landlord Defenses