Not allowed lock on bedroom door of student house?

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Just emailed my landlord asking if I can put a lock on my door and he said no because their's a HMO law saying you can't incase there's a fire and you can't get out? WTF? I had a lock on my door in halls and I know others in private houses with locks on their doors (fitted by the landlord) is this true or a load of BS?
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Ah just deal with it and make sure your falt mates arnt gypsies.
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Smells like BS to me, every house i've lived in whilst at uni has had a lockable door....
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You have to able to lock your door so I can't see how there's a law saying you can't.
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I think he's misinterpreted the rules. Perhaps discuss with the citizens advice bureau.
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Yeah my private house has a lock on the bedroom doors. So it sounds to me like BS! Lol x
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Sounds like rubbish! Having a lock is sort of important :P
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That's crap. You can't get insurance with most companies if you don't have a lock on your door.
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Not due to fire hazard no. But if your landlords doesn't want one fitted then you can't. I don't have a lock. Amazingly I just live with people I trust.
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(Original post by crazylemon)
Not due to fire hazard no. But if your landlords doesn't want one fitted then you can't. I don't have a lock. Amazingly I just live with people I trust.
As do I, but I have a lot of expensive stuff and if I go home for a few days and there's a house party or whatever then someone can just wonder in and take what they like.


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So is there no lock on the bathroom?
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So is there no lock on the bathroom?
I don't think people sleep in there.
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As do I, but I have a lot of expensive stuff and if I go home for a few days and there's a house party or whatever then someone can just wonder in and take what they like.


Thanks for the replies so far guys.
Ah, mine are not the house party hosting type, thats something I am more likely to do :p:
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That's poppycock my parents are landlords of a student house and have a HMO and all the doors have locks on
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I got told by the landlord of my second year house that I couldn't have a lock on the bedroom door either, but he never gave a reason why. My mum wondered whether it was due to the idea of people possibly getting drunk and locking themselves or their housemates in. No idea but it sucked at the time.
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(Original post by theronkinator)
Just emailed my landlord asking if I can put a lock on my door and he said no because their's a HMO law saying you can't incase there's a fire and you can't get out? WTF? I had a lock on my door in halls and I know others in private houses with locks on their doors (fitted by the landlord) is this true or a load of BS?
He's got that wrong.

The only regulation regarding bedroom door locks in HMO's is that they must be able to be opened from the occupants side without a key. Something like this...Image

In fact, most insurane companies will insist on a bedroom door lock in a HMO.
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Under that logic all Bathrooms in the UK wouldnt have locks...
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I just rung Newcastle City Council and simeon is correct, I can have one as long as you can open it from inside without a key, which is what my landlord went onto say, but he worded it badly.
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(Original post by simeon)
He's got that wrong.

The only regulation regarding bedroom door locks in HMO's is that they must be able to be opened from the occupants side without a key. Something like this...Image

In fact, most insurane companies will insist on a bedroom door lock in a HMO.
Where can one buy such a lock, how much do they cost, and how are they fitted? My landlord also says we can't have locks :mad: it's not that I think my housemates are untrustworthy, I am more worried about if someone breaks in and has six bedrooms to openly rob
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(Original post by VanillaCat)
Where can one buy such a lock, how much do they cost, and how are they fitted? My landlord also says we can't have locks :mad: it's not that I think my housemates are untrustworthy, I am more worried about if someone breaks in and has six bedrooms to openly rob
you buy them from B&Q they are like the ones u get on hotel room doors. with the key on the outside bit and the turny/twisty thing inside. They arent expensive about ยฃ20 max and shud be able to fit into existing door handle lock space with not much difficulty.
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