Can a Tenant Change the Locks in New York?

This question is about New York Landlord Tenant Rights

Can a Tenant Change the Locks in New York?

A New York tenant may be able to change their own locks. This is because the state lacks statutory guidance on the matter and little precedent exists to clarify the issue. However, New York’s laws are clear with regards to landlords unilaterally changing a tenant’s locks. Such an action is generally viewed as illegal because it is likely to cause an illegal lockout.

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