4 Tips For Dealing With Being Locked Out Of Your Apartment

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Being locked out of your apartment is an emergency situation that no one wants to have to deal with. However, there may come a point in time that it happens, and you will need to know what to do to handle the situation properly. Here are four tips for dealing with this type of situation:

  1. Give a Neighbor, Friend, or Relative an Extra Set of Keys: First off, to avoid being locked out of your apartment altogether, you should give a friend, relative, or neighbor an extra set of keys to your apartment. You should be able to make a copy of the key if the landlord has only given you one set. The landlord likely changes the locks upon move-out anyway. 
  2. Call Your Landlord: If you do find yourself locked out with no possibility of getting inside, you should call your landlord. Most likely, they have an extra key or they know of a locksmith in the area that can get you back inside for the best price. However, upon moving in, you should've asked your landlord if it's okay to call them in this type of situation outside of business hours. If they don't deal with these emergencies outside of business hours, it's best to find an emergency locksmith's number to call instead. 
  3. Check Your Renter's Insurance: When you move into an apartment, it's always a good idea to invest in a renter's insurance policy. If you do have renter's insurance, be sure to check whether or not it will cover some or most of the costs of hiring a locksmith to get you back inside your apartment after being locked out. 
  4. Break a Window: Breaking a window should absolutely be your last resort and only done if it's an emergency, such as your child being inside alone or if there's a fire and your pet or an elderly parent is trapped inside. Otherwise, you should not break a window even if you are desperate to get inside of your house. It's better to wait for someone to come to your rescue. Otherwise, you will be paying for the cost of replacing the window, which can be quite expensive, and most landlords will take this cost out of your security deposit. 

When you consider these four tips for dealing with being locked out of your apartment, you can be sure that you make the best decision in this situation. For information on lockout assistance, contact a company like A-AAA Locksmiths, LLC.