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I rent a flat on a shorthold tenancy. The door to the flat has three chubb locks fitted; the landlord has only provided me with the key to one of them. This means he could, if he wished, lock me out of the flat. Is the landlord entitled to retain keys to locks which I have no keys for? Many thanks

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Tenant

Have you had a conversation with the landlord ? I’m pretty sure he’ll provide you with all the keys for the door, upon request. 

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Tenant

Yes, I have talked to the landlord. He claims not to have keys to those locks yet prohibits the removal of them. Strange, since if he genuinely doesn’t have keys, then a previous tenant might.

I believe he does have keys. He is an extraordinarily difficult person who won’t even allow a yale lock to be fitted, meaning the door needs to be chubb locked at all times. An annoying situation that can in fact be dangerous, if the keys aren’t left in the lock at all times. 

My reason for writing is to establish the legality of not providing all of the keys. Believe me, talking to the landlord is not likely to resolve anything in this case.

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