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I am a landlord, went to court on 10/18/16,was granted

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i am a landlord , went to court on 10/18/16,was granted immediate
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: va
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: yes,went to premises this morning with sheriff ,could not enter because key would not fit door,sheriff could not wait for locksmith tenant moved out,can i enter and change lock ?
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: the sheriff can return on 10/09/16,i have waited for two months already,i need to enter so i can rent property.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 month ago.

Hello,

Yes, you can enter and change the lock, if you provide at least 24 hour notice to the tenant.

So, what I would do is have a locksmith make you a key to fit the existing lock so that the tenant doesn't know that you have the key. That way you won't have to enter the property at all, and the tenant will continue to believe that you cannot enter the property -- until it's too late!

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