Rohnert Park, CA asked in Family Law, Criminal Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Probate for California

Q: In a tenancy in common ownership with siblings. Can I legally install lock on bedroom door while away on vacation?

The house is going through probate for tenancy in common. I want to protect my possessions and assets in my bedroom from the others who have stolen my things before and damaged my possessions.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In California, you generally have the right to secure your personal space within a shared property, especially if you have concerns about the safety of your possessions. Installing a lock on your bedroom door in a home shared through a tenancy in common typically falls within this scope, provided it doesn't alter the property in a significant or unapproved way. This means you can add a lock to your bedroom door to protect your belongings while you are away.

However, it's crucial to communicate with your co-owners about your intentions. Explaining your reasons, such as past instances where your belongings were damaged or stolen, might help in gaining their understanding or agreement. This step is not just about courtesy but also helps in maintaining a harmonious living situation and potentially avoiding conflicts that could arise from misunderstandings.

Lastly, consider consulting with an attorney or reviewing the agreement governing your tenancy in common. There might be specific clauses or rules about modifying shared spaces or individual rooms. Understanding these details can ensure that you are fully within your rights and that your actions are legally supported. This approach will help protect not only your possessions but also your rights as a co-owner.

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