In NJ is it illegal to padlock doors inside your house?
1 attorney answer
The landlord must always have unencumbered access to all areas of his rental property in case of emergency. Most leases contain provisions indicating that tenants cannot change the locks without giving the landlord a copy of the new keys. Adding a lock would be the same thing. There is no specific law (statute) that prohibits padlocking interior doors; it is more an extension of the common law pertaining to property ownership. Furthermore, if your lease contains the provision described above, it is a contractual obligation to which you agreed when you signed the lease and moved into the property.