Is it legal to rent space in your parent’s housebut not get a key to the house?

UPDATED: Feb 18, 2012

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Is it legal to rent space in your parent’s housebut not get a key to the house?

Asked on February 18, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Okay, so your parents are trying to teach you to be responsible and have you pay rent.  Did they make you sign a written lease or is it a verbal agreement?  Either way you as a "tenant" are entitled to keys to your rental.  Let you parents know - in writing - that you want a set of keys for the rental.  Then decide ow you want to handle it if they do not give them to you: move out (but give proper notice which is another issue) or take them to landlord tenant court.  Good luck.


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