Tenants locking themselves out

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What is often a problem for landlords and letting agents, is when they receive a call or visit from the tenants, sometimes at anti-social hours, saying that they have locked themselves out of their property. The blame for locking themselves out rests on the tenantís shoulders, and is no fault of the landlord. In such circumstances , therefore, it is up to the tenant to either employ a locksmith (if he can find one) to gain access into the property, or the cheaper option is to phone the landlord, if he is within reasonable distance of the property, and ask to borrow the spare key, or ask him to unlock the property. There is no reason why landlords cannot make a charge for this service, provided the charge is reasonable and not punitive, and the tenants made aware of this, and the cost, in advance. Letís face it, owner/occupiers do not have this same cheap option. Also, if the tenants cause damage getting into their property if they have locked themselves out, they must pay to repair this damage.

11/11/2007 00:00

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