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My locks have been changed without permission

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 12:04am
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Jenny00

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When i went to visit my property a couple of days ago in near La Marina i was shocked to find out for the 2nd time my locks have been changed without my permission. The lock of my front gate has been changed. So i cant access my property.

The first time this happened was back in 2020 when my front door lock had been changed once again without my permission. That time i got a locksmith and managed to get that sorted out.

This time round im wondering what would be an alternative way to deal with this?

Has anybody else have this done to their property or know of anyone that this has happened to ? 

Is this a current practice that locks are changed without permission?

Steve6

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 9:00am

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 9:00am

This is not Normal at all. Have you purchased the property Legally ? Sounds like the previous / owner has done this.

killjoy

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 10:12am

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 10:12am

This is more serious than you might think, somebody is planning to gain possession (the first step towards property) of your home. Exchanging locks will not be enough, you will need effective surveillance to PREVENT squatters from getting inside. Once in, police will and can do nothing - that's the law. Think about ways to have your home looking like never beeing unoccupied (automatic lights, dog barking device, .tv running etc.

paulsav

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 10:14am

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 10:14am

Steve6 wrote on Sat Aug 20, 2022 9:00am:

This is not Normal at all. Have you purchased the property Legally ? Sounds like the previous / owner has done this.

How awful for you, who is doing this? Is this related to the same person as in 2020. Do you have squatters who have changed the locks?. In 2020 did you find out who was responsible? What a nightmare for you, hope you get it sorted quick. What about neighbours, don't they see what is happening? 

Regards 

Pauline 

janiceroquero

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 11:40am

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 11:40am

Is this the whole story. Does someone hold a grudge against? Maybe an ex or ex-friend, business partner?

Have you reported it to the police?

J

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merida

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 12:10pm

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 12:10pm

Jenny00 wrote on Sat Aug 20, 2022 12:04am:

When i went to visit my property a couple of days ago in near La Marina i was shocked to find out for the 2nd time my locks have been changed without my permission. The lock of my front gate has been changed. So i cant access my property.

The first time this happened was back in 2020 when my front door lock had been changed once again without my permission. That time i got a locksmith and managed to get that sorted out....

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This time round im wondering what would be an alternative way to deal with this?

Has anybody else have this done to their property or know of anyone that this has happened to ? 

Is this a current practice that locks are changed without permission?

Hi Jenny.  Sorry about all the problems with the locks. But, I am puzzled.   To change a lock ,it is, I believe, necessary to open the door/gate to have access to the lock fittings.. Is the property rented out ? Or has anybody else got the keys of the property ? They would be the prime suspects.. Also puzzled that if you had locks changed in 2020,apart from your goodself, who else did you give the "new" keys to and why ?

Hope you will be able to sort it out.

tebo53

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 1:38pm

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 1:38pm

It would be helpful if the OP replied occasionally 😏

Steve 

Kenneth1

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 3:21pm

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 3:21pm

The original poster seems to have her problems. Locks have been changed twice without her permission, her water has been cut off by hidraqua, even although she has paid her overdue bills. She won't pay her bills by direct debit. She doesn't comment on any of the answers given by helpful members of this forum. Is this a case of the bank repossessing the house? Just a thought. 🤔

I may be wrong.... 

Jenny00

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 4:02pm

Jenny00

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 4:02pm

Kenneth1 wrote on Sat Aug 20, 2022 3:21pm:

The original poster seems to have her problems. Locks have been changed twice without her permission, her water has been cut off by hidraqua, even although she has paid her overdue bills. She won't pay her bills by direct debit. She doesn't comment on any of the answers given by helpful members o...

...f this forum. Is this a case of the bank repossessing the house? Just a thought. 🤔

I may be wrong.... 

Yikes Kenneth would the bank just do that with no communication? Surely there would be some typ of communication and a reason given why the bank was taking that type of action. Do you know of anyone that has happened to?

Sue222

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 4:19pm

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Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2022 4:19pm

Jenny00 wrote on Sat Aug 20, 2022 4:02pm:

Yikes Kenneth would the bank just do that with no communication? Surely there would be some typ of communication and a reason given why the bank was taking that type of action. Do you know of anyone that has happened to?

Yes.friends inAlmoradi, arrived home after shopping to be told that a locksmith had been trying to change the locks but looked through the window and saw signs of occupancy. Apparently the landlord had renaged on his loans and the bank decided to repossess. Our friends had no idea of this but we're given 7 days to vacate, however,with a conscientious translator managed to go to court and eventually got a ruling in their favour but it took 6 months and a lot of sleepless nights and anxiety.

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