Does a homeowner have a legal right to a copy of a roommate’s bedroom key?

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Does a homeowner have a legal right to a copy of a roommate’s bedroom key?

Homeowner rents 1 bedroom and bath to roommate. Roommate keeps bedroom door locked. Homeowner has safety concerns as roommate has left iron on twice. Homeowner also found doors unlocked and lights on. What is the law regarding a homeowner having access to the locked bedroom?

Asked on April 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Really the question is is the landlord permitted access to the tenant's apartment and a key tot eh tenant's apartment?  Generally the answer is yes.  A lanlord is entitled to a key for emergency purposes and to enter for lawful purposes.  There are always issues as to notice but that is separate and apart.  Good luck.


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