Deducting lock change from security deposit

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I just closed on a property with an inherited tenant.  The tenant is moved out and really hasn't caused any noticeable damage, however I did not receive a move in condition report from the previous owner.

I do have the tenants security deposit, which I am planning to return all of, but I was wondering if I can deduct the cost to re-key the unit from the security deposit.  There is nothing specifically stated about re-keying charge in the lease.  Thanks.

Re-keying should be done between every tenancy and is a basic cost of doing business. Not something to be charged to the tenant.

The only time it would be fair to charge for lock re-keying is if the tenant damaged the locks or changed the locks without your permission and you had to change them back to maintain a means for access in your role as property manager/landlord.