Commercial Property Repossession in Portslade-by-Sea

Door with lock and keys

LBP Locksmiths headed to a court-ordered repossession of a commercial property located in Portslade-by-Sea.

With a court-appointed warrant officer and a local solicitor on site, we were given permission to gain entry to the premises.

To gain easy access, we used our specialist tools without damaging the door.
We then secured the property and fitted it with an APECS AP cylinder and supplied 5 security keys.

The APECS lock we used is a BSI (British Standard Insurance) 3 Star Kitemark cylinder which passed Diamond Grade testing. It’s heavy-duty with anti-saw, anti-bump, anti-drill, anti-pick, and anti-snap properties, offering maximum protection for the property’s front door.

For eviction lockouts and court-ordered repossessions, LBP Locksmiths are your go-to security experts, making the safety and security of a property our priority. For inquiries, call us now.

APECS cylinder

Door with lock and keys

 Portslade by Sea court ordered repossession

Door frame

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Window Boarding Up of Commercial Shop in Central Brighton

LBP Locksmiths went to secure a broken window in Gustamps, a commercial property in central Brighton. Currently closed, the establishment needed a proper board-up. We replaced the taped-up carton boxes with a sturdy board that fits the window frame perfectly.

Boarding up closed business premises or vacant shops prevents the entry of burglars, vandals, and squatters. It also protects the property from storms, incidents of fire, and weathering.

Contact LBP Locksmiths if you need professionals to board up a vacant property or repair broken windows. We are also experts in replacement or installation of UPVC windows and doors, and other building services. Call us and we’ll respond to you promptly.

UPVC Door Replacement and Lock Installation in Brighton

LBP Locksmiths were called out in Brighton. We supplied and fitted quality UPVC French doors and provided keyed alike lock barrels.

UPVC patio doors are ideal for natural light and long term weathering whilst providing good security. We used British Standard toughened glass. Toughened glass is designed to withstand all forms of pressure. In case it breaks, it shatters into tiny dull-edged fragments that are unlikely to cause injury.

Ensure security & design for your home. LBP Locksmiths can help you choose and install the right door and locks for your extension, home, or apartment. Contact us now.

Window Board Up in Brighton

LBP Locksmiths went into central Brighton to board up a building with a broken window. After measurement, we cut the board onsite and installed it immediately, ensuring a precise fit.

Boarding up broken windows is important in both occupied and abandoned buildings if a repair is not possible in the present. It secures your property from squatters, trespassers and vandals, and protects the interior of the building from the weather. If your broken windows are awaiting repair, we recommend you board your windows as quickly as possible, especially if there’s impending bad weather.

LBP Locksmiths are experts in window glass repairs, installing UPVC windows, and additional security features.

If you need professionals to board up a broken window or repair and install a new one, if you have a break in or burglary contact LBP Locksmiths and we’ll respond to you very promptly.

board measurement for windows board up

window repair board up

Euro Deadlock Installation in Brighton

anti-drill and anti-snap euro lock

LBP Locksmiths were contacted for a Euro deadlock installation in Brighton. We installed a high-security Euro-operated deadlock with anti-snap and anti-barrel features, to provide a secure home door lock for the homeowners.

How do burglars get past standard locks? Lock snapping and lock drilling are two of the common break-in methods for doors with a Euro cylinder lock.

Lock snapping – The intruder attempts to break off the weakest point of the Euro cylinder barrel (near the securing screw hole) in order to access the multipoint locking unit and unlock the door. Burglars commonly remove the snapped lock to expose the internal mechanism of the multi point locking unit, burglars often snap the cylinder with mole grips. Once they have gained access to the lock mechanism, they will manipulate the multi point locking mechanism centre case to gain entry.

Lock drilling – The intruder will drill on the area below the shear line with the intention of destroying the brass pins, this allows the plug (also known as a core) to rotate freely. The intruder will then simply turn the locks plug which operates the locking mechanism with a tool as simple as a screwdriver, this unlocks the door.

A British standard 3 star Euro-deadlock is a strong front door lock with anti-snap and anti-drill features. Upgrade your locks and have a good night’s sleep knowing your home or place of business is secured from intruders.

LBP Locksmiths supply and fit both 1 star and 3 star British standard insurance approved high-security locks for residential and commercial installations. Contact us now!

anti-drill and anti-snap euro lock

euro cylinder lock

Room Lock Fitting in Hove

deadbolt lock

LBP Locksmiths were called for a room lock fitting in Hove. We supplied and fitted a freshfit Union 5 lever British standard deadlock.

This lock has the following features:

  • suitable for timber doors
  • has an extended 22mm deadbolt for a more secure deadlock and resistance against attack
  • securely locks and can only be opened from either side with a key
  • anti-pick and anti-saw

This is a 5-lever deadlock tested to BS 3621:2007 (British Standards). Locks tested to BS 3621 are approved by UK Insurance companies because they have passed the minimum security requirements and are strong enough to secure a property.

Insurance-approved locks have the British Standard Kitemark and British Standard number engraved on the faceplate of the lock.

Does your insurance cover your door locks? Upgrade BS locks for better security and potentially lower your home insurance payments*. Contact us today and you will get a fast response.

*LBP Locksmiths Brighton cannot guarantee lower insurance premiums. You should first contact your home insurance company.


deadbolt lock

deadbolt with British Standard Kitemark

Office Complex Lock Refit with 57 Keys Cut – Brighton

barrel cylinder lock

LBP locksmiths supplied and fitted three premium ISEO barrel locks in an office complex in Brighton. The two barrels were keyed alike while the other barrel was keyed to differ. 

We also cut and tested 57 keys on the spot for the employees– 15 for the middle lock and 42 keyed-alikes.

ISEO is an Italian brand known for high-quality locks and cylinders. These F5 cylinders are manufactured to the DIN EN 1303:2015 standard and MPA tested. The cylinder has a bitting system and counter-pins. The brass mushroom-shaped counter pins secure doors from basic attacks like picking, drilling, and manipulation. 

Easy to use, durable and reliable, this makes a suitable lock to secure offices.

For multiple office unit locks, contact LBP locksmiths.


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barrel door

three barrel cylinders

Flat Door Emergency Repair & Replacement

Flat doors have to withstand a lot of pressure. They keep us safe from any weather whatever the season is. We also get the assurance that our loved ones and property are safe. 

But a door’s quality depreciates over time. And this may call for a replacement door.

Here’s a broken flat door. It was kicked. We made an emergency repair with hasps, staples and a 60mm padlock. The door is due to be replaced shortly.

How’s secure is the front door to your flat or office? You might need a replacement door if you’re already experiencing any of these:

  • Opening or locking the door is difficult.
  • A broken door may lead to security issues.
  • You see cracks

LBP Locksmith repair or replace front doors for your flat, house or office. The doors can be traditional wood or UPVC. We can custom fit locks. Contact us now!


When landlords should change their locks

when should landlords change the locks

To stay legal and conform with an AST rental agreement landlords must make lock changes at the right time. A rental property is at a higher risk of a break in. There maybe multiple copies of keys for each lock. Its important to maintain security with quality locks and door fittings. However its illegal to change the locks to prevent a tenant from entering a rental property in the case of rent arrears or other breaches of contract and can deemed as harassment. If there are internal door locks on rooms, the property maybe classed as an HMO a house of multiple occupancy.


  • Tenants and landlords should sign agreements that ensure “habitability,” which includes provisions for locks.
  • The lease or rental agreement should list how many keys the landlord gave the renters when they moved in.
  • A landlord can lawfully hold a set of keys for example in the event of an emergency they may need to gain access to make a repair. More Landlords Guild post
  • A landlord must give 24 hours’ notice and visit at a reasonable time of day, unless it’s an emergency and they need immediate access. More

Locks and keys in relation to rental property

Moving in

Even if tenants return all keys to the landlord, there’s no way of knowing if there are copies. The only way to ensure a rental is secure for the new tenants is by changing the locks.

Tenants should not expect the keys until their landlord has collected a deposit.

Since landlords are responsible for the security of the property, they should change the locks between every set of tenants.

Landlords can install “smart key” technology, allowing a re-key easily.

Tenant make copies of the key

Tenants should talk to the landlord first. It depends on the rental contract. If tenants make copies anyway, they are in breach of the contract.

Moving out

If a tenant move out, they should give  the landlord the exact keys they received during move-in.

Lock change by the tenant

The tenant has the right to change the locks unless it is prohibited in the Rental Contract. Landlords can ask the tenant to change the locks back.

Lock change by the landlord for no reason

Even if a tenant failed to pay rent or destroyed the property, landlords do not have the right to lock tenants out of their place of residence.

Changing the locks without a proper eviction procedure is illegal. Tenants can file a litigation case against the landlord, and they can be awarded a wide range of costs associated with the lock out. More: Guide to unlawful eviction and harassment (UK Gov)

In summary

Locks and keys are an important part of keeping a home safe. LBP are specialists in lock change for Landlords in Brighton with 100’s of good reviews. Please note this post is not written by a specialist property lawyer. You should not use this as a basis for a legal decision. We have researched the governments website on relevant issues and the Guild of Landlords for latest posts. Laws evolve and not every case is the same.

Broken key in lock prevention – LBP Brighton Locksmiths

Brighton Locksmith | Broken Key

We regularly receive call outs in Brighton for broken keys which have become lodged inside a lock. This can effect both doors inside and internally. In the case of an external door you can be locked out causing inconvenience or even loss of business. One of our main locksmith skills is to extract the remaining blade inside the lock.

If your a homeowner or your responsible for business premises, there are a few simple preventitive solutions to avoid the broken key issue.

1. Spray a lubricant such as WD40 into the lock mechanism every four months to keep the metal on metal proving parts from being resistant to each other. This takes just take a minute.

2. Check the door is hinged in the frame properly. Check that the screws have not become loose.

Should you experience the broken key issue call Brighton Locksmiths and you will get a quick response, fair price and great service.