What happens if keys are lost or damaged

Losing or damaging the keys to your rental property can be a stressful experience, but it's crucial to address the issue promptly and responsibly. Here's what you need to know:

  • Immediate Notification: The first step is to inform your landlord or our ourselves as soon as possible. This is not just courteous; it's required by your tenancy agreement.

  • Security Risks: Lost keys pose a security risk to the property. Your landlord may need to change the locks to ensure the property's safety, especially if identification or an address is attached to the keys. Managed sets of keys never have the address on for this reason.

  • Cost Implications: You will likely be responsible for covering the costs of replacing the keys or changing the locks. These costs can be substantial and may be deducted from your security deposit if not paid upfront.

  • Temporary Solutions: Some landlords may offer temporary solutions, such as providing a spare key. However, this is usually a short-term fix, and you'll still need to address the issue fully.

  • Documentation: Keep all correspondence and receipts related to the lost or damaged keys. This can help resolve any disputes that may arise regarding costs or responsibilities.

  • Legal Consequences: Continual negligence related to keys may be considered a breach of your tenancy agreement, leading to potential legal repercussions.

Losing or damaging your keys is a serious matter that needs to be addressed immediately and responsibly. Failure to do so can result in financial costs, security risks, and even legal consequences. Always communicate openly with your landlord or property management company to resolve the issue in the best way possible.