Ending Tenancy - return of keys

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    Ending Tenancy - return of keys

    Does a tenant 'have' to return the keys to the agent or landlord, as part of a legal termination, on moving out day? My property is in Scotland, managed by a letting agent. The tenant had confirmed his moving out day in writing at the end of July , but seems to have gone a month beforehand. Thank you for any information.

    #2
    Welcome to LLZ

    IMHO it's wise to change locks after any change of occupants (other than owner). Quite cheap,you never know who else they gave key copies to.

    Recently did it on mine, £13:42 and my time IIRC, Highlands. Even though more keys returned than provided several years ago.
    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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      #3
      I shall definitely change the locks. But my agent seems to be emphasising that the tenant must return the keys before I can get access following his moving out date. I haven't found any articles that says this is a set legal rule.
      Thank you.

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        #4
        As (I presume?) tenant's notice (or was it your "notice to leave"??) hasn't expired tenant still has tenancy to end July. In your shoes I'd wait until end July before doing anything - if only to avoid possible argument over illegal eviction etc.

        AFAIK no legal rule, agent probably being cautious (I'd not trust them over law anyway....) getting keys back confirms tenant's intentions .

        If tenant returns keys tomorrow what were you or agent planning to do please? e.g. If planning on taking back possession, rent to be returned??

        Slàinte mhath!
        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
          Agent and myself are minded to let the tenancy expire as agreed in writing at the end of July. I do not expect the keys to be returned,tho obviously I'd prefer that. I'm just so glad he has vacated the property, I don't want to provoke him so that he says he has moved back in etc. And locksmiths will be hired as soon as I have access.
          Thank you again.

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            #6
            Originally posted by JohnMcD View Post
            ............... And locksmiths will be hired as soon as I have access.
            Thank you again.

            If it's Eurolocks it's a 5 minute screwdriver job..
            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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              #7
              Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post


              If it's Eurolocks it's a 5 minute screwdriver job..
              As above....screwfix and 5 minutes.

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