I'm a tenant. My apartment has water damage and it is still under repair. I have notified my landlord that I'm

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Customer: Hi, I'm a tenant. My apartment has water damage and it is still under repair. I have notified my landlord that I'm terminating my tenancy at the end of March. March 31. And he has agreed with that. I wanted to return the key yesterday but because it was still under repair, the landlord refuse to take over the key. I'm wondering what if my landlord doesn't show up and refuse to take the key at month end? What can I do in that situation? I would assume if I am keeping the key for next month, that would illegally possesing as my lease is terminated by that time.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: Edmonton, AB, Canada
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: There is water damage that is under repair now. The rest of the apartment has been cleaned up.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I would like to know how to return the key properly if my landlord refuse to take it.
Answered by Debra in 2 hours 1 year ago
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Debra, Expert

Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.

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Please note that I am working from my computer and not actually texting. If you don’t answer back for a while I may not be online when you do but I will never desert you and will check back often. As well, as I am working from home it is possible that I will be interrupted but I will always return back as soon as I can.

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He's refusing to take the key is almost nonsensical. Why don't you just mail it to him? The fact that the apartment is still being repaired has no no relevance. Why would you be responsible for that?

Do you see what I mean?

Customer
I don't have his address
Customer
I guess he will show up by the end of the month, at least to do move out inspection. But I'm not sure what if he still refuse to take the key back. I'm not sure if I can leave the key inside the apartment and inform him
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There should be an address for service on the lease. That is a legal requirement. Isn't it there?

Customer
I just double checked. Landlord's address is not on the lease agreement
Customer
I guess I can ask for his address. I'm not sure what if he refuse to provide me
Customer
I would like to be prepared for the worst case. I'm concerned if he refuse to take the key by the month end and refuse to provide me the address. In that case I cannot give him the key in person or deliver the key
Customer
I just realized there isn't any landlord contact info in the lease. I only have their name on the lease
Customer
Just curious if this make the lease voidable?
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At this point in time I don't think it will matter.

I suggest that you email or text him and tell him that you're going to meet with him tomorrow if he's not there you're leaving the key inside the apartment.

Customer
As my tenancy terminates by the end of this month. If I left the key now and got stolen, or he claims the key is stolen. Can he blame that on me?
Customer
I would hope he will take the key. If he doesn't accept the key. Do you think if I can leave the key inside apartment in the last minute of march 31. And stay outside of door until past 00:00 on April 1. And keep the whole process recorded in video. So he can't blame me at all. Then I will text and email him that I have left keys in the apartment safely
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Why don't you tell him that he should give you an address for mailing and you're going to mail the key back and if that isn't good enough you're happy to meet him to handover the key but if that's not good enough then there's nothing more you're willing to do and if he is going to try to get you to pay for a new key you're happy to have the landlord and tenant Board decide.

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Sounds good. That would be all of my questions for now. Thank you Debra
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You are very welcome.

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