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Landlord changed house lock without notice because I was late with rental payment.

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asked on Jun 24, 2019 at 22:25
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edited on Jul 18, 2019 at 01:48
 
I need help desperately. I missed or defaulted my rental payment for 14 days and my landlord changed the house lock without notice or anything. Just say I breached the contract and asked me to move out. But as the contract is for 2 years with 1 month deposit and half month utility deposit. I have given him, 2 and half months payment. I told him that in the contract, it was stated one and half months, why not use it to pay for this month. He insisted no and asked me to get a lawyer to sue him, because he says 2 years contract is 2 months, but the contract stated is one month.

Now, he forcefully changed the door lock and made me encountered the situation of not being able to enter the premise, take my things, change clothes and take my shower.

Can any one give me advice on how I should proceed?

I'm staying in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Thank you.
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answered on Jun 25, 2019 at 08:57
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edited Jul 18, 2019 at 01:50
 
You can cut the lock and continue to stay there until the landlord obtain a Court Order which orders you to move out.

Meanwhile, I would advise you to quickly pay up all outstanding rent.

If police get involved, just show them your rental agreement.
Then they will understand that this is a civil case, not a house break-in case.
Then they will hands off your case.
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answered on Jun 25, 2019 at 13:23
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edited Jul 18, 2019 at 01:55
 
So I can get a locksmith to come and change the lock right now? What if the landlord didn't get order from court and forcefully forces me out by calling the guard from management office? I'm staying at condo. Sometimes this owner just stop my access card or water if late with rent payment for few days.
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answered on Jun 25, 2019 at 14:31
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Do not stay in condos by yourself if you cannot afford to pay your rental on time.

Have housemates to share the costs.
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answered on Jun 25, 2019 at 16:31
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edited Jul 18, 2019 at 02:10
 
So I can get a locksmith to come and change the lock right now?
Yes, this is because you are the legal House Holder.
The landlord is not the legal house-holder until you move out or there is a Court Order.

What if the landlord didn't get order from court and forcefully forces me out by calling the guard from management office? I'm staying at condo.
Don't worry about silly things.
You can sue the landlord for locking your house without a Court Order. (but not at this time)
If guard or management try to stop you, let me know.
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answered on Jun 25, 2019 at 16:38
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edited Jul 18, 2019 at 02:13
 
He insisted no and asked me to get a lawyer to sue him...

There is no need for you to sue him since you can legally cut the lock to your house. He is the one who needs to sue you to get a Court Order. If he sues, you can contest the lawsuit in Court by representing yourself.

My only advise is to pay up all outstanding rent so nobody needs to sue anybody.
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answered on Jun 25, 2019 at 16:43
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Keep the locksmith bill so you can claim from the landlord in a counter-suit later.
If no locksmith, you can also break open a padlock using one or two large spanners. ( see youtube videos ) or you can use a small hacksaw to saw the padlock.
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answered on Jun 25, 2019 at 16:50
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See here for instructions on how to break a padlock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBSSA5ot0tA
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answered on Jun 25, 2019 at 21:08
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edited Jul 18, 2019 at 02:27
 
There is no need for you to sue him since you can legally cut the lock to your house.
 
This part I am referring to is the deposit of the house where the agreement stated one month deposit but after few months staying there, he demanded to increase the deposit to 2 months rental. I told him that in agreement it is stated one month but he contested me that 2 years agreement is 2 months deposit and he said if I want to fight on this matter then send him a lawyer letter.
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answered on Jun 26, 2019 at 09:08
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Have you broken the padlock already?
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answered on Jun 26, 2019 at 09:41
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edited Jul 18, 2019 at 02:29
 
It is not the padlock but the house door lock. I have asked a locksmith to change it for RM150. 
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