Why would he not return the key?
Trying to understand this behavior from my ex..and he ended the relationship during a row.
So yes I know he was angry, but I waited to ask for the house key back 10 days after the break up hoping he had calmed down.
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There are many possible reasons as to why people keep stuff after a break-up. Some are:
1) They are leaving a door open which means that they want to use those stuff as an excuse to contact you later on saying something like "Hey, I forgot to take this or that. May I come over to grab my stuff?" and when he arrives, he tries to talk to you and may get emotional/physical with you once more. So, it's just an excuse to pass by every now and then.
Keeping stuff is the same. He wants you to call/text and say "Hey, I want my key" so that he can contact you once more when he wants to. He may let you wait like that with no response, but once you stop asking he'll send you a message saying that you can pass by to collect it.
2) He's still bitter about the break-up, so he's enjoying playing you and refusing to give you what you want. In this case, I think you shouldn't ask for it again these days. Wait until he contacts you and he WILL. He's basically angry and wants to fire back. He'll eventually cool down.
I think you should wait for a while all in all. Don't let him reflect his anger upon you. Give him time to cool off and deal with his emotional wounds. Just wait and ask again later if you want. He will contact you though in my opinion.
Hope this helps. :)