If I rent an apartment in a home, am I legally required to give the landlord a copy of the key to my apartment?
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Dear Franklin Square Tenant:
If you had a written lease with the former owner there is a clause in the lease relating to the landlord's right to gain entry (access) to the apartment. The usual privilege for entry when the landlord must make a repair is advanced notice of at least 24 hours. Your lease may contain a similar provision. The landlord is never allowed to enter without notice for any reason other than an emergency. An entry without a legitimate reason is a trespass and subjects the landlord to a police complaint. A landlord usually retains a copy of every key to any lock in the building if the landlord installed or maintains the lock. The purpose is entry in an emergency or for entry with the tenant's permission if the tenant consents but cannot be home to accommodate the landlord.
The answer provided to you is in the nature of general information. The general proposition being that you should try to avoid a bad outcome if you can.
Generally speaking, a landlord is allowed to request a copy of the key to your apartment; however, that does not mean the landlord can come and go as she or he pleases.
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I'm not sure about your town but I believe it is required in New York City by a Fire Department regulation.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 18 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.