A tenant gave (the correct) notice to terminate her tenancy on 21.02.21. She called yesterday to say she had moved out so could I meet her at the property today to check it over and see if I think anything has been missed on the cleaning front so she has enough time to rectify it. Happy to.
She then said she would inform the utility companies of her meter readings taken that day. Regardless of her having vacated the property early, she remains liable for the property and utilities until 21.02.21 so I’ll have to contact the utilities on that date to amend her final readings.
(Annoyingly, despite your agreement’s clause, the local council here always award the tenant any exemption on empty propertieswhen they vacate early, much to my landlord’s disgust)
Am I right to refuse to accept the keys back today if she tries to leave them with me and tell her I will collect them on 21st when the tenancy has officially ended?
Also, if she asks, am I correct in saying I don’t return the deposit until the end of the tenancy.