March 19, 2024 at 7:49 pm

New Tenant Keeps Locking A Door That Other Neighbors Keep Open, And He Refuses To Help When They Get Locked Out

by Matthew Gilligan

Source: Reddit/AITA/Unsplash/@jaye_haych

I’m the kind of guy who is out of sight and out of mind with my neighbors.

I’ll give you a head nod and I’ll check your mail while you’re out of town if you want me to, but other than that, let’s keep our distance, okay?

But not all places work like that, and the guy who wrote this story on Reddit wants to know if he acted like a jerk toward his new neighbors.

Let’s see what he had to say…

AITA for no allowing my neighbors to make a copy of my apartment key?

I recently just moved into my new apartment complex less than 60 days ago.

There are only 4 units in my complex, two downstairs and two upstairs.

I reside downstairs in the second apartment.

He’s the new person on the block.

Everyone here has lived here for at least 5 years whilst the oldest resident has reside here for 8.

Everyone knows everyone and has been good friends with each other for as long as each one has been a resident.

Everyone in my building has children besides me majority are single mothers, I am the only man.

He found out how it works there…

Apparently there is an unspoken agreement I at first had any knowledge of between the rest of the tenants that the hallway door is to never be locked.

No one ever locks the hallway door. That is until I arrived.

From my knowledge no one in the building has a hallway key just the keys to their apartments.

The cost to replace a key is $70 for each quoted from my landlord. I just finished up my place and have officially moved in for about 3 weeks now.

Each time I leave and come back from my complex I always lock the hallway door.

It’s always been a hit to lock all doors behind me.

My neighbor that works night shifts has arrived home for the past couple of weeks to a locked hallway door which is a surprise given that the door hasn’t been locked for years.

Well, that’s annoying…

Apparently everyone lost their key their first year or so living in the complex. I will hear continuously knocking and banging until someone comes to open the door.

The first few nights I was awaken and got up to unlock the door.

After the first week I’ve since stopped and my neighbor will be up to unlock it to let our neighbor in.

If my neighbor isn’t home or doesn’t wake up to come to the door she will knock and bang on every window and yell until someone comes open the door.

He’s not cool with this.

Yesterday my neighbor ask I I could please leave the door unlocked given it has always been that way and would like me to continue doing so.

I expressed that while we live in a dangerous neighborhood (rated one of the top 5 most dangerous in our city), I feel more safe knowing strangers can’t enter the building.

Whilst she understood my concerns she assured me no one ever comes here but residents and invited visitors and my safety is not to worry.

I had to beg to differ.

She then asks would I mind lending her my hall key so she can make a copy and let other make their own copy from hers.


I politely declined because I wasn’t comfortable with that.

She offered to pay me to make a copy myself in which I also declined.

For the past week my neighbors has barely spoken to me we usually tell each other good morning and chat a little or just a hi and bye even but not even that nowadays.

My neighbor whom volunteers at the food bank in our community would come back with goodies and share with everyone in the complex.

She has since knocked on my door to deliver me a box as she usually would every Wednesday.

I don’t care for the food but for the change in this routine leads me to believe I may have upset the rest of the tenants and I honestly don’t want any bad blood.

Here’s what people had to say.

This person shared their thoughts.

Source: Reddit/AITA

Another individual said this is up to the landlord.

Source: Reddit/AITA

One reader wants to know what the issue is…

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Another person spoke up.

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This reader said this guy SUCKS.

Source: Reddit/AITA

This fella might’ve moved into the wrong building…

Let’s hope it works out!

If you thought that was an interesting story, check out what happened when a family gave their in-laws a free place to stay in exchange for babysitting, but things changed when they don’t hold up their end of the bargain.