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That sounds entirely suspicious to me as there is zero reason why they shouldn't immediately return the keys to you once the contract ended. If you aren't local, I would see if I could find someone to go and check on the house because that sounds very odd as there would be no logical reason for them to not return the keys unless there was something wrong that they were trying to fix or cover up before they returned them.
If you are local, then I would definitely check it out myself as that throws up lots of red flags..
I would have my contract handy as well so you can review it and see if this is stated in the contract that they can withhold the keys after their contract terminates.
I might even contact the new management company to see if they could go over and view the property to confirm it is vacant and then change the locks themselves so only you and them have keys..