What can I do if my tentants are all but moved out and only have a few items left but they won’t let me in or give me keys to show the property?

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What can I do if my tentants are all but moved out and only have a few items left but they won’t let me in or give me keys to show the property?

I gave them a 24 hour notice to let me in.

Asked on July 9, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Tenants have to let landlords in for inspections, maintenance, and to show the unit, and tenants may also not prevent the landlords from being able to access their own units, such as by taking away the keys. You may change the locks to gain access for inspections, maintenance, and showing the unit; but if the tenants did not unequivocally return possession to you and move out finally (e.g. they didn't give you a letter saying they were leaving; this was not the end of their lease), you should probably go through the formality of an eviction proceeding to make sure you undoubtedly have legal possession.


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