New Tenant Lock Change

Your are a landlord and renting out your property here in Spain. Should you change the locks?

Every country has different laws regarding tenancy agreements so it is always advisable to seek the advice of a lawyer in Spain to fully inform you of what your obligations are and what the pit falls of renting in Spain are because as a landlord your are not protected the same way as you may be in your own country.


At A1 Locksmiths we recommend that at the beginning of any new tenancy you change the locks which will give you the security that your new tenant will not receive any visits from someone who may still have the key from an old tenancy and in turn you as the landlord will not have to deal with any kind of situation when the new tenant has any processions mysteriously disappearing. Key copy crime is quite a regular problem here on the Costa del Sol so make sure you or your new tenant are not victims at A1 Locksmiths we are able to offer you various lock change options with all types of key options.

Lost Handbag

Stolen Handbag and what to do

Imagine the sense of panic when you have your handbag stolen. If you’re like most, half of your life is in your handbag. Credit cards, debit cards, ID, insurance cards, money, house keys, car keys you name it’s in there. And if it falls into the wrong hands, it could be devastating. The least that can happen is you lose a little money. But you could be the victim of identity theft and fraud that could have repercussions for years.

So what do you do should the worst happen? Here is a checklist for you to follow.


  1. Call the Issuers of Your Credit, Debit, and ATM Cards

Now, many people will tell you to cancel your cards immediately, but that’s not actually what you want to do. Cancelling the cards puts wheels in motion that could leave you in a mess, especially with your credit score. What you actually want to do is report the cards as lost or stolen. This is very different than cancelling, and every card issuer has a procedure that will suspend those numbers to keep your money safe.

If your cards are issued by a bank or credit union, call them as well. If cheques (including travellers cheques) were in your wallet, they can handle that accordingly.

Finally, if any of those cards were used for automatic debits, you need to inform those companies within a day or two. If you don’t, your account will not be paid, as the card will be rejected. You could go past due and owe fees, or even have your service suspended. If it’s a debt that doesn’t get paid, your APR could shoot up, or you could get a black mark on your credit score.

  1. Report the Loss or Theft to the Local Authorities

Don’t trivialize your loss as something that the police don’t have time to deal with (but also don’t think they’ll be jumping on the case; there won’t be a crime squad trying to track down your handbag). The reason for this step is to provide evidence in your favour should you become a victim of identity theft or fraud and to give you a crime report number for any insurance claim. If it happens, you don’t want to be explaining why you didn’t report the loss. Some information the police may ask you includes:

  • Where and when you believe you lost your handbag
  • What was actually in the handbag (amount of money, credit cards etc.)
  • A description of the handbag itself
  • If stolen, any suspects or a description of anyone suspicious

When you’ve finished filing the report, keep a copy for your records.

  1. If Keys Are Missing, Change the Locks

If your handbag contained your house keys, you don’t want to risk a break in especially if you had papers in the handbag identifying your address. Even if the handbag is returned intact, someone could very easily have copied the keys. In fact, it’s a known way to rob a house —”lift” the handbag, jot down the address from the driver’s license or any other papers, copy the key, then hand it all in to the police.

So if you know for certain that house keys went missing with the handbag, change the locks. Paul from A1 Locksmiths can help you with this as he is a reputable locksmith.

If the car keys went missing, that’s not as easy to replace. But your car may also be at risk of being stolen, so contact Ray from A1 Locksmiths and he can delete your old car keys from the cars memory and reprogram a new communication code and key.

  1. Try to List Everything Else That Was in the Handbag

Finally once you have done all of the above try and relax and list all the other items in your handbag that may seem insignificant but could come back to haunt you. These include memberships various clubs, store cards, work ID cards and access badges, medical insurance cards, computer passwords, and padlock keys.


Some Steps You Can Take to Prepare Before You Lose Your handbag

Hopefully you’re reading this article to be informed should the worst happen. But there are steps you can take right now to be prepared. If you do lose your handbag, you’ll be in a much better position to protect yourself and get the steps above done more quickly.

Strip Your handbag of Anything You Don’t Really Need

Is there a reason you’re carrying all those credit and debit cards? If you use one 99% of the time, like most people do, then it’s not wise to carry the others for those “just in case” moments. Carry one back up with your main card, and keep the rest at home. The same goes for anything that could help an ID thief, including SSN cards, addresses, phone numbers, passwords, and other personal info.

Scan or Photocopy Everything That’s in Your Handbag

It’s always good housekeeping to have a paper copy and if possible a scanned copy of all important documents like passport, driving licence, credit cards etc. If you have a mobile telephone make sure that you regularly back up your information.

Lost Keys

Being locked out is Spain is a scary thought. Not knowing who to call or who to trust to help you out of a stressful situation. When you lose your keys, it can often mean you have lost your car keys as well! A1locksmiths don’t only replace your house keys or change your door locks, we can also replace your car keys, which the help of specialist equipment.


“I have lost my keys”, “My keys have been stolen in Spain”, “I think I have left my keys at the beach”, “I have lost the keys to my holiday home”, “We have had our bag and keys stolen for the rental apartment”. If you are in this situation, A1locksmiths we can help.


We have helped many customers in this situation, in times of stress, you need a trustworthy, reliable English speaking locksmith whom can help you with both your house keys and possibly your car keys. We use the latest technology and techniques to gain entry to your property with the minimum of fuss.


“I have lost my keys what do I need to do?”


If you have lost your keys, please call us 24 hours a day on 657 466 803. If you are using an English or other non-Spanish mobile, please use the full number, +34 657 466 803. Or if you have Internet access, you can contact us via WhatsApp, Viber or Skype. A1locksmiths are always free to take your call.


We are your 24hr Emergency locksmiths service


Losing your keys in Spain can be especially difficult when you don’t know the language, or who to call and what you need to do. A1locksmiths can help. We are an emergency 24hr locksmith service coving the Costa del Sol. A1locksmiths have been is operation for over 12 years which gives us the experience to help with the stress of losing your house and or car keys.


For insurance purposes, it’s always best once you have lost your keys to file a report at your local police station. Some insurance companies will require this for any claim you make. Should you be the victim of any crime, seek help by calling 091 or report it on 902 102 112.


When it comes to lost keys in Spain, A1locksmiths are your number one choice to help you in your hour of need. Once you loose your keys, we often recommend a complete change of locks, as nobody can be sure if your keys were stolen or simply lost. To give you peace of mind, we offer a full lock change service. This is ideal for second holiday homes or permanent homes on the Costa de Sol.


“I lost my keys and did not realize until I got home at 2am. I called A1 locksmiths and within 30 min they let me into my apartment. As I had lost them, they Paul recommended I changed the locks completely. All done within the hour for a reasonable price and great service.”

  1. Carson. Mijas