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Can my landlord charge me for changing locks if I dont return my key, even if paid rent that month?

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Update: He allowed me to break the lease early and leave in mid June- but charged me for remainder or June and part of July until new tenants were found. He however took a lock change charge out of my security deposit since I did not return keys to him until July. Even though i paid June rent did I have to return the keys when I left?
Update 2: To be clear, I did return the keys, just not until about a month after I left.

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asked Jul 30, 2017 in Business and Finance by loanmasterone

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Yes. The landlord must have access to the house or apartment. You cannot legally deny access, and running off with the key does just that.

Update: During that month after you left, the landlord had legal access to the dwelling. To make an inspection, to make repairs, to show the place to prospective tenants. With no keys, it was necessary to change the locks. You are responsible.
answered Jul 30, 2017 by curtisports2
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You need to return the keys when you vacate...you did not. In the interim, he needed to clean up and show the unit...which he couldnt do without the keys. This is the only reason he let you out of the lease with the small penalty, as they were planning to have it rented within that time period.
answered Jul 30, 2017 by Casey Y

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