Does a commercial property landlord have the right to a key to a tenant's rental unit?

Can a landlord holds tenant's keys, in case needs some emergency repair?
In Property Management - Asked by feng z. - Apr 6, 2015
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Laszlo S.
Oldsmar, FL

Yes, he should. Make sure it is spelled out in the lease to avoid any possible arguments.

Apr 7, 2015
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Justin T.
Houston, TX

Most standard leases give owners and their agents access to the property during normal business hours to assess, make repairs, etc. There are variations as to any means of notice, the amount of notice, etc. Any sophisticated owner will want access to their property, and in the circumstance of emergency repair, it's imperative.

Apr 7, 2015
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Adam B.
Piedmont, CA

Yes. Landlords have access to the property under certain terms generally agreed to in the lease. It is important to understand exactly what the terms are and when ad how the landlord has access.

Apr 8, 2015
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Francis L.
Santa Clarita, CA

Yes, they just have to give adequate notice for access in compliance with the executed lease, as well as any applicable landlord laws. Emergencies, maintenance, etc. are the primary reasons for access.

Apr 23, 2015
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Alan C.
Suwanee, GA

Often times, yes. If you have an alarm, get him his own code so you can see that he specifically entered.
If you wish to lock off certain sensitive parts of your suite (your office, or your servers, private files, whatever), you are allowed to to that as well. Mainly they need access to your mechanical stuff, power panels, etc.

May 6, 2015
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Tim b.
Manhattan, NY

yes it is written in terms.

Jun 1, 2015
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Mark P.
Springfield, MO

Your landlord can always enter to respond to an emergency, such as a fire, gas leak, burglary, or any mishap regardless of the lease. But what about none emergencies? Most landlords will want the right to enter the premises during your tenancy for the following reasons: 1.) To make sure your taking care of the property and meeting your maintenance and repair responsibilities. 2.) To inspect periodically to assess the need for repairs to the structure. 3.) To allow potential new tenants, buyers, or lenders to examine the property. 4.) To make sure that you are abiding by the terms of your USE CLAUSE. Again this is all spelled out in your lease.

Jun 3, 2015
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Larry P.
Phoenix, AZ

Yes !!! in case of Fire, Water Damage, Emergency, or repairs, it will help and protect the tenants from major damage to the building, Tenant Improvements, and to personal properties..

Jun 4, 2015
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Henry P.
New York, NY

Yes a landlord does have a right to have a key to your rental unit they can also enter in an emergency and to inspect the property.

Sep 17, 2015
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