Skip to main content

When can I change the locks after a tenant moves out?

Huntington Beach, CA |

My tenant has paid rent through the end of the month, but appears to have moved out (except for garbage and some towels and a toothbrush). Do I have to wait until the lease expires before I can change the locks?

Attorney Answers 1


As long as the tenant paid the rent to the end of the month, the tenant has the right to occupy the premises. I suggest that, unless you get consent from the tenant, you wait to the end of the month, before changing the locks.

Mark as helpful

1 lawyer agrees

Landlord-tenant topics

Top tips from attorneys

What others are asking

Can't find what you're looking for?

Post a free question on our public forum.

Ask a Question

- or -

Search for lawyers by reviews and ratings.

Find a Lawyer

Browse all legal topics