Will a seller have to re-key the locks for a leaseback? 

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Front door of a home opening into the entryway with key still in lock

02/05/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

My client accepted an offer on his property from buyers who asked to move in 30 days before closing. My client agreed, and they used the Buyer’s Temporary Residential Lease as part of the contract. Will my client have to re-key the exterior doors before the buyers move in since he will be acting as their landlord for that period?

No. Paragraph 22 of the Buyer’s Temporary Residential Lease explains that the requirements of Section 92.152 of the Texas Property Code relating to security devices, including re-keying of exterior doors, do not apply to a residential lease for a term of 90 days or less.

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Rachel Hardison Olliva on 02/15/2016

I would advise the owner to have the house re-keyed, as he would not know to whom the last tenant might have given the key.  It would certainly reduce his liability.

Gilbert W. Ellis on 02/15/2016

Your information is clear, well put, and very helpful, all in a concise form which we all need.

Debbie Smith on 02/12/2016

Good information but I think it wise the seller not lease property to buyer before closing if at all possible.

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