Parents-in-law having key to our house(61 Posts)
First post, so please be gentle!
Partner and I have just moved into our new flat and, in the first few weeks he gave a key to his parents for safe-keeping (they live an hour away). I didn't like this idea - have never given a spare key to anyone before (don't tend to lock ourselves out and it would be difficult to get out to parents-in-law to collect key if we needed it, anyway -would have locked wallet/travel pass/car keys in house too, presumably). But, it was a busy few weeks, so didn't think too much of it. But now I have - and have asked partner to ask for key back (opportunity has arisen for this to be done nicely and diplomatically) - and he's refusing.
AIBU to expect that I should have a say over who has keys to our flat? Parents-in-law v. nice, btw, and unlikely to drop in unexpectedly, but still...
If they live an hour away they are not really going to be popping round all the time - which is the big danger of having key-holders. Are your in-laws very untrustworthy?
Personally I do tend to think it's a good idea to leave a spare key with someone you trust, on the proviso that (a) they would never use it unless asked, or in an emergency i.e. you and your partner had somehow gone off-radar and everyone was worried sick; and (b) they take good care of it, i.e. don't have your key hanging up in plain view with your address attached, in case they get burgled; and (c) they agree to get the spare key to you if you ever locked yourself out and you had no easy transport.
Could you ask ask your DP to confirm that such rules apply?
I really don't see the issue if they respect your privacy and won't be intrusive.
It is good to know that someone reliable/trustworthy could get access and help should a crisis arise without always having to go through the bother of ensuring they have a key/dropping one off.
What reason has he given for them having it?
I wouldn't worry too much unless they start getting into the habit of just dropping by and letting themselves in.
Could you ask them for it back if this does start to happen?
It seems pointless them being keyholders for a locked-out type emergency, but it also seems reasonably sensible for someone to have a spare key, and that your ILs will not be interfering types who abuse the holding of a key, so I'm not sure why you are so unhappy about it?
Ther's no beneift, but no harm in the arrangement?
We always leave a key with someone when we are away - in case someone reports water pouring out of a window or something.
My parents have a key to my house,
As do my PIL
As does my BIL....
Really can't see an issue at all here
My parents (about 40 minutes away) have spare key. They are not the popping in unexpectedly type, so never been a problem. Useful when they house sit and also recently my youngest went to stay, I was on nights, they didn't have to wake me when she came back (partner was still doing weekly shop) as could let themselves in and wait until husband got back
what was his reason for refusing to get it back?
if you dont want anyone to have a key then they should have it
Nope. Get it back. As MadamDeathstare noted they're not going to be able to help in an emergency so what's the point.
My PIL had a key to one of their sons houses. Son was on holiday and FIL had leant something to him that he wanted back (was not urgent btw). He casually mentioned to us that he was going to go round and try and find it! He had no idea where it was in the house either (or any idea how inappropriate it was). I suggested to him that it was probably in their bedroom underneath all the drugs and sextoys
To be fair to FIL he burst out laughing and then we spent some considerable time explaining how it's not ok to let yourself into someone else's house when the key has been given for emergencies.
Not saying that would happen in this instance....just wanted to share!
My PIL have a key - they live nearly 3 hours away, so no danger of them popping in unannounced!
We let them have it in case, when they do visit, they come while we are at work so they can let themself in.
Whilst you might not be happy about your PIL having the key, if they are trustworthy and not likely to abuse it, I can't see how asking for it back is going to be perceived as anything other than very rude now.
Your DP should have spoken to you first, but the 'damage' is done now.
Why should DP get it back? He wants them to have a key, she doesn't...
Why should her wants overrule his?
It's her decision to not give a key to anyone on her side, his decision to give a key to inlaws.
Kayano, it does depend on the inlaws though. What if this were a thread about someone with in-laws who let themselves in and ate all the food? Surely it's all dependant on the situation.
PIL have a key to our house, I don't like it, but DH wants them to have one. In the end I felt this was a battle I didn't need to fight.
But it's not is it? You can 'what if' me til you're blue in the face but it's still a pretty pointless exercise....
She said PIL are trystworthy and fine, and an hour away
It's THEIR joint home, therefore DP can give the key to his parents if he likes.
She has the same option
They are very trustworthy and unlikely to let themselves in. Having said that, an opportunity has arisen where we could ask for the key back without it being in any way rude. I just don't like it and think it's pointless, given the distance.
That's your prerogative to not like it,
Your DP does not have to agree and act on it though...
ESP if it is a joint house?
My PIL have a key to our house too.
i have no issue or problem with this... they live a 5 min drive (or 25 walk away) though, so entirely possible to get to theirs without a car or wallet etc.
they have it for emergancys, or if we are away and have a "did we turn the X off" moment.
My parents (who live a 5+ hour drive away) do NOT have the key to my house as no point!, although i have keys to their homes.
When i lived in my old house my best friend had a key. At one point her mum had a key to my house as well!
I don't really see what the big deal is....well actually I do. Your other half doesn't mind them having the keys but you don't like it (but haven't really given a good reason why).
My In Laws have our house keys and I have absolutely no problem with that whatsoever. In fact it's been handy on odd occasions...and when we are away they always come over and leave milk, bread etc for our return.
If it really is a big deal then ask for them back...but you really should be considering your other half's point of view....
YABU. We have left spare keys with some friends. Although they only live 10 minutes walk away. Yes maybe your PILs do live a bit far away but it's better to leave keys with someone you trust. Do you trust them?
Just seen that you say they're trustworthy. So I would just put up with them having the keys you might find it comes in handy sometime.
you could say - just because you never have, doesn't mean you never will lock yourself out, one of you may loose a set of keys. obviously it's not expensive to have spare keys cut but it would save you the bother of going and getting it done if something happened to a set of your keys. therefore the best place for a spare set would be in your home or with a close friend nearby.
I don't understand why it's an issue? Is it because you don't like your ILs?
Mine have a spare key. As do my neighbours. The in laws would never turn up unannounced anyway.
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