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  • Buy-to-Let

    Lock change when purchasing a new BTL?

    Hey all!

    My husband and I are completing on our first property next week for a BTL.

    I've been researching whether we should change the locks after completion and were wondering what kind of locks you all fit?

    - Does a certain kind of lock affect insurance?

    - Do you change the locks after each tenant?

    - Are patented keys/keys with codes worth the additional investment?

    - Can you recommend a specific lock?

    - Is a more secure lock with patented keys/keys with codes a better investment than cheaper locks but changed after each tenant?

    Thanks in advance Smile

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    Hi Rachel,

    Welcome to the wonderful world of property and congratulations on your first acquisition.

    I would have a look at the door.  Does it come with the 5 ratchets?

    If not, I would be minded to replace the entire door with a modern one that comes with the 5 ratchet lock and the keys that are very hard to copy.  These doors are very good for security.  We had one installed recently and it cost £1500.00 and improved the look of the property into the bargain.

    The one below is similar to the one we had fitted - it was obviously a modern property so, if you did go for a new door, you would need to find one that is in keeping with the style of the property:



    Locks do not affect the insurance as far as I am aware.

    I personally do not change locks between tenancies.  

    Hope that helps?

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    Thanks Vanessa - we'll take a proper look at the door when we complete on Monday and get in!

    We're hoping to build a portfolio gradually over the coming years/decades, and I can already tell Property Tribes is going to be invaluable Smile

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    Hi Vanessa

    Interesting to hear you do not change locks between tenancies, I've always done this and thought you would have to.

    If I was a tenant I would expect the locks to be changed.

    Is there a reason you don't?

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    - I dont know about insurance, but when renewing portfolio insurance Ive newer been asked about locks.

    - On a PVC/composite type door its easy to change the locks after each tenant if you want to, no need to pay a locksmith to do it. I usually buy two locks "keyed-a-like" and change the front and back door locks. Used locks can be taken from one property and fitted in another.

    - Dont know about patented.

    - On a PVC/composite type door a standard lock will do but you can fit 2 or 3 star locks for a higher rating.

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    Recommend changing locks on each change of ownership/occupant:  Keep the old ones to sway to some future other ownership/tenant change.   Not a huge expense, very small compared to no payout on insurance if there is a no-forced-entry incident resulting in serious theft/damage for landlord.


    You never know who (mate, friend, workman..) has spare keys to a place.  Frankly quite cheap insurance compared with possible downside.  Others will hold alternative views..

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    Thanks everyone - I think as a minimum we will change the locks once its ours, and go from there Smile

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