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What are your options when your tenant loses a key?

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Even the best tenants can lose their key from time to time. That’s why all landlords should have a firm plan of action for when such a situation arises. If you’re renting out a property and you discover that one of the keys has been lost or misplaced, you’ll need to act fast to ensure a speedy solution that benefits everyone involved. Rather than panic when it happens, just consider the following advice.


Weigh up the severity


First and foremost, you’ll want to take a moment to consider the possible consequences of what’s happened. At this point, you’ll have to squeeze as much information out of your tenants as possible – such as where they think they’ve lost it and the chances of them finding it. Essentially, the most pressing thing you’ll need to discover is if there’s a chance the key could have fallen into the wrong hands along the way. If so, it could pose a serious security risk.


Offer your key


Obviously, it won’t always be possible for you to offer your own key. After all, you could be miles away or you could be busy at work when you receive the call. Just remember that if you do offer your spare, you’ll need to have another cut by a locksmith.


Change the locks


If it’s decided that you can’t offer your own key or that there’s a security risk as a result of what’s happened, you should move ahead with getting your locks changed as soon as possible. Luckily, 24-hour locksmiths are available around the clock to offer such a service.


Find a locksmith you can trust


JG Locksmiths now have more than a decade’s worth of experience helping people in situations just like this one. If you ever find yourself in need of our services, get in touch right away.


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