I'm trying to sell my building but it needed repairs over and above the most
normal buyers comfort zone so now my contract with the selling agent has
expired. I requested my keys back form this agent but he refuse to return it
back to me. I'm out of town so I'm also at a disadvantage. So what are my
options other changing all the locks? He won't return emails of phone calls
either. Has anyone had this problems with agents not returning keys or
leaving some doors unlock. I had dealings with real estate agents before
over the years and they we OK and a couple were really good.
I would follow the procedure outlined below:
a) write a letter including the following points
i) stay off my property
ii) return my keys to me at XYZ address (not property address)
iii) lost key fee is $20 due by same date
b) mail letter certified and a second copy first class
c) mail the letter to his employer certified and first class
d) tell building tenants or neighbors to be on the lookout for the
agent entering the property
e) file in small claims court when the day comes and goes and you still
don't have your keys
Hope this helps,
PS: If you aren't willing to file in court you have no rights. Period.
Why do so many people imagine America the way they want it to be
instead of how it actually is? Try to do something about this guy
refusing to give back your keys except taking him to court or begging
him and see who has rights.
Hope this helps,
===> That's still wrong, but ... not as wrong as the
initial statement. To think that actually going to
court is the ONLY way you have any rights is downright
silly, even stupid. Telling him he has no rights
unless he is willing to "file" in court is beyond
wrong, it's silly. Filing in court has nothing to do
with what rights a person has. Sounds like the words
of a tortuous-minded person to me.
Hop that helps,
Find the agents broker and talk to them. Ultimately the broker is on the
hook with the state and the authorities. I have only raised "hell" with one
broker over an agent. Problem was solved that afternoon.
Then find the state agency that license agents and do the paper work.
As for the maroons that go through your home and leave all the lights on and
doors unlocked, Ya done that been there. Not much that you can do if your
agent is not assisting you. I have tired leaving signs on the back of
doors. They do not read. If your not satisfied with the service your paying
for then change the listing. It may cost you some time or a sale. After all
it is your home. I am lucky my agent that I work with is savvy on how I want
the process to run and assists when necessary.
Speaking as a licensed but not active broker, this is the above is the best
advice you have received.
To clarify it.
Contact the primary broker first.
Tell him/her that if the issue is not resolved within two business days you
will file a complaint with your state licensing authority.
Give him/her a couple of days to resolve the issue. Then contact your state
licensing authority. If the Broker lets it go this far they are really
Sounds like a very frustrated individual, obviously needs help and support
perhaps a meeting would help, talk it out and when he's at ease hold him
down and write idiot on his forehead backwards, grab your key's and run.
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