Tenants and keys

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    I have a tenant who is not keen on the landlord having a spare key to her room.
    she wants the key to give to her friend in case she mislays her own - which she has a few times already in 3 months.
    I explained she can get one cut and the landlord will not use his to enter the property unless she agrees.
    I pointed out that if she lost all keys we would have to change locks and being firedoors could cost a fortune.
    I think i know what I want to say to the tenant but would be interested in any feedback from you guys as to what you would do in this situation

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
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    • #3
      Hi Jeffery

      Sorry should have said - I'm landlords agent but hes also a friend


      • #4
        Originally posted by alidee View Post
        I have a tenant who is not keen on the landlord having a spare key to her room.
        I'd be inclined to say tough --- the LL has a spare key and that's that.

        If she wants another spare she can get one cut, as you say.



        • #5
          I agree - the landlord is entitled to have a key incase of emergencies, and provided visits for any other reasons are arranged and agreed with the tenant before hand then I dont see any reason for her to complain


          • #6
            thanks for your reply guys - pretty much what i was thinking



            • #7
              Some tenants feel insecure if the landlord has a key.

              If you want to solve this amicably without getting into legal entanglements, you could allow tenants to have an inside door bolt or chain.


              • #8
                If the LL holds a key, he does not have to give it up. But the T may change her lock if she feels insecure (it happens).

                LL cannot enter without tenants permission, except in dire emergency; so having keys is not really going to be a big issue in a bedroom situation.

                As long as LL has contact details of nominated keyholder who lives convenietly close, this could be a solution without the tenant feeling 'controlled'.
                All posts in good faith, but do not rely on them

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