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    Refusing to return key

    Tenants broke lease. Gave 30 days to vacate which is tomorrow. Will not make arrangements to return keys. Can I change the locks?

    #2
    Almost certainly not.

    But you will need to give a lot more details about what has happened before anyone can give you an answer.

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      #3
      If this really is a residential letting, giving only 30 days notice sounds like an illegal eviction.

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        #4
        Who gave notice to whom?

        Rent payable weekly, monthly?
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Tenant gave 30 days notice to me in April. Their notice letter says they will be fully out by today. However, they refuse to make arrangements to return the keys to me. Their lease was through June 30. If they are fully out by today and won't return the keys, can I change the locks to secure the property? Thanks for your advice.

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            #6
            I had a tenant who did this - she refused to hand the keys over until I returned her deposit. I told her that whilst she had the keys she still had the tenancy and if I changed the locks it would be seen as an illegal eviction. This went on for several weeks until eventually she was advised by the council to return the keys which she did. I gave her a receipt for the keys and deducted the several weeks from her deposit.

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              #7
              Originally posted by nita443 View Post
              Tenant gave 30 days notice to me in April. Their notice letter says they will be fully out by today. However, they refuse to make arrangements to return the keys to me. Their lease was through June 30. If they are fully out by today and won't return the keys, can I change the locks to secure the property? Thanks for your advice.
              No you can't. (Unless you give the tenant the new keys).

              That would be an illegal eviction.

              https://england.shelter.org.uk/housi...legal_eviction

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