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scoopmuckanddizzyrollytoo Wed 12-Apr-17 14:08:28

Hi, we are moving into rental a few weeks before exit date. Family who are buying are doing it all on same day. Is it ok to give them keys a couple of days before to help them out??

ExplodedCloud Wed 12-Apr-17 14:12:09

I'd say not. If they were exchanging a week beforehand maybe but if before exchange they aren't legally committed to buy it. It would be a potential nightmare if they damaged it, moved it or decided to pull out.

ThomasHardyPerennial Wed 12-Apr-17 14:15:02

Absolutely not!

HeyCat Wed 12-Apr-17 14:21:30


If they are really pushing for this, say you'll need legal advice but they'll need to cover your costs. Your lawyer can advise you on the risks and draw up a contract to manage those risks (i.e. To allow them to access the property but ensure they'll pay for any damage if they then don't exchange contracts, and to make sure they can't damage it/remove items then sue you because it wasn't as represented etc).

Backinthebox Wed 12-Apr-17 14:26:17

No. Removal companies are used to dealing with things all being done in the same day. I think you are talking about completion too, not exchange.

expatinscotland Wed 12-Apr-17 14:27:29

NO! Very bad idea. Your insurance won't cover anything that might happen in the home.

PuntCuffin Wed 12-Apr-17 14:28:52

Absolutely not. Our buyers asked us. Solicitor hit the roof. If anything happens to the house caused by them, you would be liable.

passthecremeeggs Wed 12-Apr-17 14:32:10

Definitely not. Pre-exchange they haven't even committed to buying it! I wouldn't even let buyers in between exchange and completion let alone before exchange!

scoopmuckanddizzyrollytoo Wed 12-Apr-17 14:33:24

Thanks guys, I thought this be the case, just though it might be helpful as they are a young family but will leave it. They haven't asked at all.

Applesandpears23 Wed 12-Apr-17 14:36:08

I saw a chain where they handed over keys the day of completion but before the money had gone through. That helped as it was a long chain and some people were moving a short distance so didn't have a long drive to entertain the movers. If you want to be helpful you could allow for it to be deep cleaned (at their expense) whilst it is empty.

expatinscotland Wed 12-Apr-17 14:37:31

No, no 'being helpful'. They'll have to do it all in the day like everyone else because giving them keys before is a bad idea.

scoopmuckanddizzyrollytoo Wed 12-Apr-17 14:37:59

I am planing to deep clean it myself hence why arranging my rental a week early 😀

specialsubject Wed 12-Apr-17 14:49:12

No! And keys don't get passed until completion , which is not the same.

Floggingmolly Wed 12-Apr-17 14:54:48

Why are you so committed to being "nice"and "helpful" to your buyers? To the tune of moving into rental accommodation weeks earlier than you have to just so you can deep clean the house and let the buyers move in before they've even technically bought the place??

user1483387154 Wed 12-Apr-17 14:55:59

No way. Never give keys to the house before it has been exchanged and completed, anything could go wrong.

sunshinesupermum Wed 12-Apr-17 15:03:51

Not in a million years. Not until completion.

scoopmuckanddizzyrollytoo Wed 12-Apr-17 15:08:05

I would just rather have time to go back and clean it when empty hmm no biggie.

Floggingmolly Wed 12-Apr-17 15:11:30

What? It won't be empty if they've moved in? confused

expatinscotland Wed 12-Apr-17 15:11:49

You don't even know these people! FFS, leaving early, spending a week deep cleaning the place and wanted to hand over keys to a place they don't own?

newmumwithquestions Wed 12-Apr-17 15:14:18

Just to put a different side, whilst I agree that you shouldn't give access to the house, our vendors let us have a key to the garage. This was post exchange, pre-completion. There is no power in the garage so nothing that we could really have gone.

It was a godsend as we were moving ourselves and it allowed us to shift a couple of van loads in advance.

scoopmuckanddizzyrollytoo Wed 12-Apr-17 15:23:36

Do people not clean a house before new people move in? This is for my convenience, I have kids and dogs so much easier to pop over and clean when all our crap is out hmm

Floggingmolly Wed 12-Apr-17 15:26:33

Oh give over, op. You're starting to sound like something that will get me deleted if I say it

expatinscotland Wed 12-Apr-17 15:26:41

Clean it, yes, spend a week 'deep cleaning' it, no.

PuntCuffin Wed 12-Apr-17 15:29:11

Run the hoover round, mop kitchen floor, quick wipe out of cupboards/work surfaces and clean the bathroom. That's it. And that's more than I got from our vendor.

scoopmuckanddizzyrollytoo Wed 12-Apr-17 15:31:27

Floggingmolly feel free!! I have no idea why I have upset you so much, my rental is round the corner I have arranged it a week early so I can wander round and clean it at my leasure without kids dogs underfoot therefore as I have the luxury of that whole week I wondered if I could perhaps give the owners the keys a day early, when advised this wasn't a good idea I have said no bother hmm

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