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One lost key = £120 for lock change.

Hi all.
Son home from uni, and LL of the house they were in - 4 of them - is claiming £120 as one key was not returned, which is true. They say they need to replace all the locks.
Is this fair and reasonable?
There can hardly be any greater security risk from this missing key than if all 4 had been returned - copies can be made for less than a fiver.
Thoughts?
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  • Brie
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    I'd be making a copy unless there's some reason this can't be done.  Our house keys have a code that needs to be provided to a particular locksmith shop and they can't be produced anywhere else.  Still I think they were about £10 when we needed an extra one.
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  • propertyrental
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    Cost of replacement lock depends entirely what kind of lock. Could be £10 for new barrel in a latch lock, or £50 for a new 3* rated cylinder lock.

    Then there's extra keys. and importantly labour cost too - £50 per hour? £80?

    You're right about the security. Personally I replace at least one of the locks evert time a new tenant moves in as who knows how may duplicates the last tenant, or their cleaner (!) had.

    But locks I replace I keep and recycle......
  • MeteredOut
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    edited 22 August at 4:45PM
    Personally, I'd be asking the LL for a dated receipt before paying the £120. I'd maybe consider asking for the old locks and the 3 keys too.

    Some people call me cynical...
  • Mstty
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    £30 each for a life lesson in renting a property.
  • tacpot12
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    Personally, I'd be asking the LL for a dated receipt before paying the £120. I'd maybe consider asking for the old locks and the 3 keys too.

    Some people call me cynical...
    A copy of the receipt would not be unreasonable, but expect to pay the postage and the landlord for their time to post the lock and keys back to you.
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  • MeteredOut
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    tacpot12 said:
    Personally, I'd be asking the LL for a dated receipt before paying the £120. I'd maybe consider asking for the old locks and the 3 keys too.

    Some people call me cynical...
    A copy of the receipt would not be unreasonable, but expect to pay the postage and the landlord for their time to post the lock and keys back to you.
    I didn't say I'd expect the LL to pay for postage. If not local and able to collect, then I'd expect the OP would have to pay for that.
  • sheramber
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    Surely the person who did not return the key should pay the cost.
  • Grumpy_chap
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    Hi all.
    Son home from uni, and LL of the house they were in - 4 of them - is claiming £120 as one key was not returned, which is true. They say they need to replace all the locks.
    Is this fair and reasonable?
    There can hardly be any greater security risk from this missing key than if all 4 had been returned - copies can be made for less than a fiver.
    Thoughts?
    Maybe too late now, but why didn't they get the forth key replaced for a fiver before moving out?
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