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    Default Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    My question involves a condominium located in the State of: California
    My roommates left town and I tried accessing the garage to get some of my belongings only to find that they had locked the garage and not given me the code. Thinking they had forgotten to give it to me I texted them asking for the code in which they responded that it was their garage. When we had moved in we agreed to share everything evenly. Apparently they went to the Landlords and said they were paying most the rent (they are lumping their pay together but individually I pay 100 more than both of them) & the landlords said that they get the garage. All this was done outside of the previous agreement and not brought to my attention and I have my own personal belongings in the garage. What can I do about this if anything?

    Thank you for your help!
    Carissa

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    Default Re: Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    Are all of you on the lease as tenants, or are you a subtenant?

    If you and your roommates are all co-tenants under the same lease, and the garage is part of the leased premises, ask your landlord to provide you with the access to which you're entitled under your lease.

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    Default Re: Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    We are all on the lease as tenants.
    So what they are doing isn't legal based off that, correct?
    The landlords I am sure do not have the code to the locked garage.

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    Default Re: Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    So what they are doing isn't legal based off that, correct?
    "Based on". And yes, their actions are in violation of your lease.

    The landlords I am sure do not have the code to the locked garage.
    Have you ASKED the landlord? I'd be quite surprised if the landlord did not have that access code.

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    Default Re: Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    That is what I thought. So if they do not allow me access what actions can I take?

    I will inform them now & see.
    I don't believe that they do though because it is a dial lock but I will ask.
    Thank you so much, I don't feel as helpless anymore.

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    Default Re: Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    Your landlord may not even be aware of the situation. If tenants are allowed to buy and use their own padlocks, it would normally be up to them to distribute keys and combinations between themselves.

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    Default Re: Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    I just talked to the landlord, they do not have the code to the door, as I suspected.

    So if they continue to lock me out what action can I take to retrieve my belongings?

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    Default Re: Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    Are you telling us that your landlord in fact knew nothing of the situation, and doesn't care which tenants go into the garage? Are you confirming that this is simply a padlock purchased by your roommates?

    If there's no legal impediment to your going into the garage, and this is your roommates' padlock, you can consider investing in a new padlock and a pair of bolt cutters.

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    Default Re: Is It Legal for Roommates to Lock You Out of Your Shared Garage

    On our agreement we were sharing ALL the premises. It states in on the agreement. We all have access according to the lease agreement since it doesn't single out anyone in particular.
    Yes they purchased this padlock - its a cheap locker looking one.
    LOL I guess I might have to depending on how they want to deal with this.

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