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    • JohnnyZee
    • By JohnnyZee 4th Oct 17, 5:34 PM
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    Landlord being an idiot
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    Landlord being an idiot 4th Oct 17 at 5:34 PM
    My friends have recently moved into a new flat. However, one of them has lost their keys for the flat (total set: 3 keys). 2 out of 3 keys are protected, so they need the landlord's permission to get an extra set. However, the landlord is being paranoid and wants to change the locks at the tenant's expense. There are 3 locks (1 lock on communal door, 2 locks on flat door).

    Landlord wants to change 1 lock, and duplicate keys for the 2 other locks (he is asking for £148 in total - wow!! He will also add another £90 if he cannot fit the lock himself). He will then see later if he wants to change other locks. Is this even ethical? I know in the tenancy agreement, there was a clause that the tenant would pay "reasonable" costs associated with replacing keys and/or locks. But since when did tenants pay for changing locks completely? And not even normal locks, he wants to buy some fancy "EVA" brand. Do tenants have no rights/or say in this matter?

    I have a feeling landlord is trying to take advantage of the tenants as they don't know much about locks.

    Any advice on what should be done?
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    • Quizzical Squirrel
    • By Quizzical Squirrel 6th Oct 17, 3:50 PM
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    Can you still have betterment with a replacement (not upgrade) of one working lock for another identical working lock?

    Locks don't depreciate like carpets and fridges. They don't have 15 year lifespans or whatever.

    Are we valuing it as a 'used' lock because it's been fitted? Even though it would be perfectly functional for decades?
    Last edited by Quizzical Squirrel; 06-10-2017 at 3:56 PM.
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