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Old 24.07.2011, 23:07
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Re: Lost key when overseas

So is it worth getting spares made from the beginning and keeping the originals in a safety deposit box? Given their apparent value.
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Old 24.07.2011, 23:14
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So is it worth getting spares made from the beginning and keeping the originals in a safety deposit box? Given their apparent value.
if you can. some keys will be hard to get cut without the consent/knowledge of the landlord.
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Old 24.07.2011, 23:54
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if you can. some keys will be hard to get cut without the consent/knowledge of the landlord.
Yes, some keys are marked "Do not duplicate" although probably in French or German in Switzerland. It can't be too difficult to find a key cutter who only speaks English in the UK. Or a locksmith with the necessary blanks.
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Re: Lost key when overseas

Yup, this is going to cost you.
While some might be able to negotiate, you cannot count on this.
Our cleaning lady lost our key and her company had to pay the CHF1,200 replacement costs (insured). You gotta check your insurance cover.
About a month later, she dropped the 'no-longer-lost' key in our mailbox. A nice, circular end to my cautionary tale.
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Re: Lost key when overseas

Yes, maybe because I read that people can get replacement key when they spoke to their landlords losing keys overseas I got my hope high.

The agent simply refuse to ask the landlord and impose me the lock. Anyone with similar encounter?
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Old 26.07.2011, 23:56
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The agent simply refuse to ask the landlord and impose me the lock. Anyone with similar encounter?
Landlords tend to use an agent when they don't want to be dealing with the tenants themsleves ( for a number of individual reasons.) That is, they delegate the management, including dealing with tenant complaint/requests to that agent. As a landlord, I would be rather annoyed if my details were given to a tenant by my property manager. If you want to only get a replacement key, then you will have to convince the property manager to agree to that.
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you need to change the whole cylinder. You cant prove you lost it in italy. You could be keeping it to rob the next tenants TV.

It cost me around 650.- to do it before.

1 thing you should check, most Haftpflicht insurances try to sponge it off saying they dont insure the loss of keys, but read your contract closely, i spotted in mine that i was covered for 3rd party keys. Well, this is the case as the key is not owned by you, just rented.

I hope you have insurance....
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Thanks for your advice! I don't have insurance. I didn't know locks are so expensive here. I'm only here for 3 months and then going back to Sg. I won't want to take a 13 hours flight to rob the house. Well, the agent told me it's going to cost 800-1k.
Why do you not have personal liability insurance? It is virtually compulsory here. Who will pay the damages when you walk into the road, and the driver swerves to avoid killing you, but hits an expensive object? You are being very irresponsible, you should buy some today!

https://www.zurichconnect.ch/site4/g...privathaft.htm a simple quote costs CHF 62.60 per year
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So is it worth getting spares made from the beginning and keeping the originals in a safety deposit box? Given their apparent value.
These keys are difficult to make, and in the German speaking world all the locksmiths know that these are security keys.
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Old 28.10.2011, 13:55
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These keys are difficult to make, and in the German speaking world all the locksmiths know that these are security keys.
Yes, but any key shop in Italy will make you a copy no problem.

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