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    Tenant has left with keys

    One of my tenants decided to give notice and leave last week. The day she was moving out I was unavailable and advised her to leave the keys with the other tenant, or port them through the letter box.

    I done this verbally and in writing by email.

    On the day she moved out the other tenant was available but the tenant who was leaving left without handing over the keys.

    The various key are worth approx £50

    I think the tenant is playing some sort of game in order to get their deposit back which i was going to return.

    What can i do in regards?
    Report to the police as theft?
    Tactically the tenant has still got access, so issue a Section 21?

    thanks in advance

    #2
    Well, she may have forgotton, but as she has failed to surrender the keys, she has not given up occupation of the property and is thus still liable to pay rent! Fortunately you are holding her deposit and are entitled to retain a portion of this as rent until the keys are returned. Informing her of this may enhance her enthusiasm to return these to you as soon as possible.
    I assume that you realise that the deposit should be held in a government approved scheme and that you cannot use a section 21 procedure until this is done.

    P.P.
    Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.

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      #3
      how about the cost of a locksmith?

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        #4
        What does your tenant/ex tenant say?
        Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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          #5
          She says they will be returned once the deposit has been returned,

          but what if give the deposit and they are still not returned, and i am also worried if someone uses them to access the property while I am out

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            #6
            Originally posted by landland View Post
            She says they will be returned once the deposit has been returned,

            but what if give the deposit and they are still not returned, and i am also worried if someone uses them to access the property while I am out
            You're right. Tell her that first you get-back the keys and second she then gets-back the deposit.
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              #7
              I would change at least one of the locks so that access can't happen. It will cost a minimal amount.
              No need to change them all.

              I am sure that the deposit is worth more than the cost of replacing the locks if your ex tenant wants to hold them to ransom.
              Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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