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Is it legal for me as a property owner to have keys to the home I rent to others?

Los Angeles, CA |

If I own a property and do not have the keys to it, and if the tenants will not make a copy of the keys for me, can I change the locks, give them a copy of the keys, without violating the law?
Do I need to give them something in writing in advance?

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You may and should retain a set of keys to the rented premises, but you cannot enter the premises without first complying with the notice requirements of Civil Code Section 1954, which also lists the limited purposes for which your entry is permitted during the course of the tenancy.

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