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Returning the house keys is one of the responsibilities of an exiting tenant together with cleaning up the house. You can decide to return the key on the day that you are moving or a few days later if the walkthrough inspection will be conducted on a later date.
Giving back the key is the official declaration that you are no longer occupying the premises and someone else can move in. It is also crucial to return the keys for security reasons. If anyone breaks into the house or something is stolen when you have the key, the agent can hold you liable and the burden can fall on you. However, you completely give up any attachment and responsibility to the house when you give back the key and they cannot call you back for anything that happens in the house when you are gone.
You should handover all the keys to the house and not just the front door keys. Any other key from garage door key, individual rooms keys, gate keys and even the servant area keys should be given back. If there are places where you used codes to open, make sure you let the agent know those codes or disarm them before leaving the premises.
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The protocol for handing over the keys is that you should give them back to the agent after the official inspection. If no agent comes to the inspection, you can always go to their office and deliver the keys there, make sure you collect all the keys that you have including the spare one because you won’t need them anymore. When the agent receives the keys, there is document you should sign to show that you have officially moved out and no longer responsible for the house.
In the event that you cannot reach the agent or their offices, you can go directly to the landlord and give them the keys. Unfortunately, most people do not know who their landlord is since the house is managed by the realtors. However, you can get such information from the county office if you want or just ask around.
Leaving the keys inside the house is very risky because an intruder can use them and steal or damage items from the house. It’s also not official because you have not received any written note to confirm that you have handed over so the agents can deny that you left the keys. However, if you and the agent agree on it, you can lock up the house and throw the keys inside somewhere where no one can see easily.
If for one reason or another the agent or landlord are not available or you moved with the keys by mistake, you can always post them via the express post using the address listed on your lease. Let the agent know that you have sent the keys so they can check their mail.
The importance of officially handing over the keys to the owners of the house cannot be emphasized enough. Your security deposit and even your peace of mind can be in jeopardy because of forgetting to return the keys on time.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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