I subleased an office and the keys do not work!

I subleased an office & signed a form provided by the building owner acknowledging the sublease. My tenancy was to start June 1st and I was to share the office with my landlord. My landlord can access the office but my key does not work. I have asked for a 2nd copy of hers (at my expense) but she said “No” because her key barely works. She also mentioned that the key to the bldg entry door is “tricky” & sometimes won’t lock. She has notified the building owner but, so far, nothing has been done. The lease forbids any alterations so I can’t change the ofc lock . What can I do?

Asked on June 8, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Colorado

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I think you need to talk to a lawyer in your area.  One place to look for a qualified attorney is our website, http://attorneypages.com

If you aren't given access to the office, your landlord is breaching the sublease, and you might have the option to get out of the deal and get your money back.  You might also be entitled, as an alternative, to a refund or reduction of your rent, for the time when you haven't been able to use what you've rented.  This may depend on other facts of your case, and on Colorado law;  I don't practice there, and there are variations in this from one state to another.


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