(4) changing an electronic lock so that the means or
method of unlocking the lock is changed from the
immediately prior tenant; or
(5) otherwise changing the means of gaining access to
the lessee's locked individual dwelling unit so that it is
not identical to the prior lessee's means of gaining access
to the lessee's locked individual dwelling unit.
(c) If a lessor does not change or rekey the lock as
required in this Section, and a theft occurs at that dwelling
unit that is attributable to the lessor's failure to change or
rekey the lock, the landlord is liable for any damages from the
theft that occurs as a result of the lessor's failure to comply
with this Section.
(d) The provisions of this Section do not apply if the
lessee has obtained the right to change or rekey the dwelling
unit lock pursuant to a written lease agreement.
(e) The provisions of this Section do not apply to (i) an
apartment rental in an apartment building with 4 units or less
when one of the units is occupied by the owner or (ii) the
rental of a room in a private home that is owner-occupied.
(f) This Section applies only in counties having a
population of more than 3,000,000.
This Act takes effect January