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  1. #1
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    Default Changing Locks On A Roommate

    My question involves a roommate in the State of: Idaho

    My ex boyfriend is in the process of moving most of his things out. I talked to the Sheriff and he said it is not against the law to change the locks. Ex is on the lease and this is in the state of Idaho.

    Am I able to do this? I have heard that it isn't against the law and heard it is? Which is correct??

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Changing Locks On Roommate?

    If his name is on the lease, he has as much right to be in the apartment as you do.

    Change the locks after you change the lease and remove his name from it.

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    Default Re: Changing Locks On Roommate?

    Thanks for your reply.

    Yesterday three cops were over here sorta as a stand by as he moved some of his things out. The Sergent said Yes it isn't against the law to change the locks.

    My ex has been physically abusive in the past and he is an active addict and becomes violent.

    I cannot qualify for a restraining order at this point. Not enough evidence of abuse or current "abuse"

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    Default Re: Changing Locks On Roommate?

    Not from a legal but from a common sense standpoint...

    I would change the locks to prevent access to a violent person. If he does sue you, it is still cheaper than the hospital bills.

    And get his name off the lease.

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    Default Re: Changing Locks On Roommate?

    Yes true...

    So basically would changing of the locks be a criminal matter or small claims court matter?

    I don't want to do anything that breaks the law as far as criminally.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Changing Locks On Roommate?

    Change the locks, do it quickly as you have no idea when he will go out on a binge and become violent again.
    Just protect yourself and worry about a lawsuit when and if you get one. If he's using to a point where there is violent behavior, he'll spend all the money he has to get that fix and not on a lawsuit. But to answer your question, it would be a civil suit. The police have already told you to change the locks, don't waste anymore time. Stay safe!

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    Default Re: Changing Locks On Roommate?

    This is a rental, so you should discuss any changing of the locks with your landlord.

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    Default Re: Changing Locks On A Roommate

    Thanks gigirle

    Thanks for answering my question. You're absolutely right, he still hasn't even paid the rent this month. And I already changed the locks about an hour ago. So I do feel safer.

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