My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: CA
We are the landlords and we are a week and a few days away from having the sheriff complete the eviction of our tenant.
The tenant contacted us asking why we have changed the locks. We told the tenant that we have done nothing to the locks.
That evening, we visited the unit to discover that the locks have indeed have been change without us knowing. We spoke with the neighbor who saw the sheriff earlier that day post the eviction notice to the door (which was later removed from the door by the tenant we assume) then later saw locksmith who changed the locks.
We have spoken with both the local police and the sheriff who told us that they had nothing to do with the locks be changed.
We are finding it hard to believe that a third party changed the locks without notifying us (the landlords) or the tenant. We are under the assumption that the tenant is lying to us about changing the locks and is trying to scheme against us.
If the tenant truely is not involed then we don't know how to proceed; do we wait for whoever put the new locks on the unit to contact us, should we wait until we get some sort of offical person directs us on what to do or do we go through the expense of replacing the locks only to do it again in another week?