Where To Hand Over Your House Keys
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.
Importance of returning the keys
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.
Keys to handover
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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Where to hand over the keys
Real estate Agency
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.
In the house
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.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.
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