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Are you required to give your landlord a key to your New York apartment?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2023 | Landlord/Tenant Matters |

When renting an apartment in New York City, landlords and tenants have certain rights and responsibilities. 

One question often arises is whether tenants must give their landlord a key to their apartment. The answer is not simple, as it depends on several factors.

Providing access to your apartment

Generally, the law does not require tenants to give their landlord a key to their apartment. However, many lease agreements include a provision that requires tenants to provide their landlord with a key. This is especially true for larger apartment buildings where the landlord may need to access the apartment in case of an emergency, such as a water leak or fire.

It is important to carefully read your lease agreement before signing it to understand any requirements for giving your landlord a key. If a provision in the lease agreement requires you to give your landlord a key, ensure you understand the circumstances under which the landlord can use the key. For example, the landlord may only be allowed to use the key in case of an emergency or to make repairs that you have requested.

Reasons to consider giving your landlord a key

If your lease agreement does not include a provision requiring you to give your landlord a key, you are not legally obligated to do so. However, it is important to remember that if you refuse to give your landlord a key, they may become suspicious of your intentions and even refuse to renew your lease when it expires.

While tenants in New York City are generally not legally required to give their landlord a key to their apartment, it is important to understand any provisions related to this in your lease agreement. Consider your personal circumstances and relationship with your landlord before deciding whether to give them a key. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but weighing the potential benefits and drawbacks before choosing is important.