Although I have been a private landlord and have self managed for over 10 years, I was gobsmacked to discover in WA there is no requirement for Property Managers or Landlords to control the issuance of keys for a property being leased. There is a requirement for deadlocks on doors and security on windows and personally I have always maintained control over keys for the properties I have self managed and had locks rekeyed when in doubt. I only became aware of this after my son and two female friends each signed a lease for a 3 bedroom property. The Property Manager issued them with one set of seven keys (for doors and windows) and told to get any additional keys cut from these as they required (!) As there were 3 adults on the lease, IMO they should have been issued with 3 key sets that they should sign for and return on vacating the property. However my enquiries with DOCEP revealed there is no such obligation. So it is obvious to me that the previous tenant must have been given the same instruction and there must be many "spare" keys to this property out there. Additionally, the Act does not even allow the new tenants to rekey the locks without get prior permission. How stupid is that?