Keys for deposit, definitive answer?

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    Keys for deposit, definitive answer?

    Hi, in another thread the general feeling was that I should just keep the deposit because the lodger had kept the keys/said he would return them once he gets his deposit.

    I just want to ask this question and see what the response is before proceeding.

    Yes or no, is it legal for a lodger who has moved out to keep his keys pending the return of his deposit?


    Thanks.

    #2
    The court will decide for you if you don't take steps to sort things out first yourselves...

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      #3
      Originally posted by johnnycage View Post
      Hi, in another thread the general feeling was that I should just keep the deposit because the lodger had kept the keys/said he would return them once he gets his deposit.

      I just want to ask this question and see what the response is before proceeding.

      Yes or no, is it legal for a lodger who has moved out to keep his keys pending the return of his deposit?


      Thanks.
      I would have thought not, since his having the keys is tantamount to continuing the tenancy, isn't it? Either LL must fit new locks (deducting cost from lodger's deposit) or continue to charge him rent.
      'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        #4
        Who terminated the tenancy?

        http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ad.php?t=21785

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          #5
          Originally posted by johnnycage View Post
          Hi, in another thread
          Here's the thread.
          http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ad.php?t=21752

          Yes or no, is it legal for a lodger who has moved out to keep his keys pending the return of his deposit?
          Lodger is not entitled to retain keys when tenancy has ended and he's not paying rent.

          Change the locks, deduct the cost from the deposit, and return the remainder of the deposit. Problem solved.

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            #6
            Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
            ...his having the keys is tantamount to continuing the tenancy, isn't it?
            No. It just means he still has the keys.

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              #7
              Originally posted by westminster View Post
              Here's the thread.
              http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ad.php?t=21752


              Lodger is not entitled to retain keys when tenancy has ended and he's not paying rent.

              Change the locks, deduct the cost from the deposit, and return the remainder of the deposit. Problem solved.
              Thanks very much, and to everybody else too. I'll go with this suggestion, as I've no desire to cheat him out of his deposit, I'm just trying to look after my own interests.

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