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    Regular readers may remember my tenant who is always coming up with jobs for me, and chops up deer on her kitchen floor.

    This morning at 9.20 I got a phonecall from a UK mobile from my tenant's husband. (Although I insisted he be a licensee on the tenancy agreement, the wife was very insistent that he not be a tenant.)

    The guy said they had been travelling in Africa, and forgotten their key, and would I meet him at the property to let him in. I suggested that he come over to my house to collect one. (There is a key cutting place acoss the road here.)

    I have not seen anyone. It should only take at most 90 minutes to get here from Gatwick.

    Could this tale about travelling in Africa be a porky pie?
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

    #2
    Does your question have a point?
    Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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      #3
      I'd be dubious.

      Ask wife to come to house as she is the tenant or at least speak to her on the phone and be sure it is her.



      Freedom at the point of zero............

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        #4
        Thanks Interlaken, that's a good idea.

        Originally posted by thesaint View Post
        Does your question have a point?
        The point is, should I give keys to someone who is not my tenant?
        To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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          #5
          No. Short but sweet.
          There is always scope for misinterpretation.

          If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

          Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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            #6
            Originally posted by JK0 View Post
            The point is, should I give keys to someone who is not my tenant?
            So why are you questioning the length of time it takes him to get over to pick the key up?
            Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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              #7
              Originally posted by thesaint View Post
              So why are you questioning the length of time it takes him to get over to pick the key up?
              Because if the family actually were locked out of their flat, wouldn't my house be their first destination after the airport?
              To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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                #8
                Originally posted by thesaint View Post
                So why are you questioning the length of time it takes him to get over to pick the key up?
                ... or whether he's been to Africa or not? I agree I don't think you should give him a key, without wifey's say-so at least. But sounds like you've already agreed to, and he's (maybe) on his way?

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                  #9
                  If he's not the tenant I would not give him anything until I have written authorization from the actual tenant.

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                    #10
                    Thanks guys. I won't hand keys over unless tenant comes over also.
                    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                      Because if the family actually were locked out of their flat, wouldn't my house be their first destination after the airport?
                      I see. I didn't understand why you have agreed to give a person named on the tenancy agreement a key, but now do not want to because it has taken him too long to get to your house.
                      Is there a reason you don't call him?
                      Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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                        #12
                        Okay, well I have left a message on T's voicemail asking for permission to give the key to her husband.

                        I'll keep you posted.
                        To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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                          #13
                          Make sure you make a charge for the additional key.
                          The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
                            Make sure you make a charge for the additional key.
                            Thanks Paul. I intended to march the guy over to Timpsons and let him pay for the copy himself.

                            He never showed up though, and I have no reply to my phone message. Fishy, eh.
                            To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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