What should you do if a tenant refuses to return keys after leaving your rental property is the question this week for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and is not offering legal advice. If you have a question for him please fill out his form below.
Dear Landlord Hank:
My tenant is leaving before lease is up and he is refused to give me my house keys what do I do?
Dear Landlady Shari,
I’d ask the tenant via email or text so you have something in writing when he is leaving.
Then on that day, I’d go to the property after he has left and do an exit walk through where you assess the condition of the property to see if there is any tenant caused damage or issues.
Then since he is refusing to turn in the keys, I’d change the locks. I suggest you contact an attorney that specializes in landlord tenant law in your area first.
Sincerely, Hank Rossi
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