23:43 PM, 7th March 2013, About 10 years ago 14
You may get tenants who from time to time leave without giving you the keys. You know the ones… They have some arrears, have left the house, shall we say “lived in” (by prehistoric savages) and don’t want to be accountable for their actions, so they “done one”.
Being a lawyer you’re then faced with the most used legal principle, that being “Sod’s Law” – ie this being the house that you did not keep a spare set of keys! So now you have delays and a locksmith to worry about to get in.
Keys also present a problem when a tenant loses one. If you don’t have the original, there is a locksmith cost again (£100-130). Or the tenant may put a brick through the door window and blame the neighbours…
There are other good reasons to keep keys. If you need to access the property for repairs, especially to do gas checks, you need to give them to contractors.
As a letting agent, the whole issue of keys can get frustrating – particularly the endless calls to locksmiths and visits to key cutting providers.
So we now have our own key cutting service in-house. What amazes you is the vast array of keys! We stock over 400. But now we can issue keys to tenants or contractors quickly, provide additional sets if required and we always have a master set at the office. It also means that we don’t have to wait around or waste time getting keys cut.
So the next time you let out a property, make sure you keep a master set 🙂
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