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    I am living in a four bed house which is rented. They do not have locks on the bedroom doors and my housemates often forget to close the front door. I have complained but this is the email the agency has sent me:


    The landlord does not wish to have locks fitted to the bedroom doors as the house is not rented out on a room by room basis. The door would be damaged by having locks fitted which they do not want.

    Having locks installed to the bedroom doors would also cause potential issues with safety.For example, If there were to be a fire at the house and the doors on the bedrooms became stuck and you were unable to get out of the bedrooms or the fire brigade couldn't get in then your safety is at risk.Your safety is extremely important.

    By adding locks to the bedrooms the landlord would also have to alter their insurance policy and the council would need to be informed.

    Without wanting to sound unhelpful, If the security of your bedroom was such an important factor when searching for a property then you should have looked at this before or inquired before agreeing your tenancy. All properties are different and it is not a mandatory requirement when renting to students to have locks on the doors.

    Therefore locks will not be fitted to the bedroom doors and you are not permitted to install them yourselves.

    Anybody would just assume there would be locks on the doors and its just a factor that we forgot to check. I just dont know what to do about this. Is this email BS or is there anything i can do or any loop hole which i can get locks put onto the bedroom doors?
    (This property is rented as a student house but we pay the rent from one account.)

    Thank you for your help in advance!
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    The landlord is correct.

    The law is different for a house of separate rooms and one that is shared.
    He would need to apply for a n HMO licence.

    Get your friends to lock the door.

    You might be able to buy a device that slips through the door crack and padlocks. They used to be available for back packers. However, that kind of puts a big flag on your door saying "valuables here"

    You could buy a big lockable box for valuable stuff but it is a pain.

    I expected this to be about university owned property.
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    (Original post by Anonymous15)
    I am living in a four bed house which is rented. They do not have locks on the bedroom doors and my housemates often forget to close the front door. I have complained but this is the email the agency has sent me:


    The landlord does not wish to have locks fitted to the bedroom doors as the house is not rented out on a room by room basis. The door would be damaged by having locks fitted which they do not want.

    Having locks installed to the bedroom doors would also cause potential issues with safety.For example, If there were to be a fire at the house and the doors on the bedrooms became stuck and you were unable to get out of the bedrooms or the fire brigade couldn't get in then your safety is at risk.Your safety is extremely important.

    By adding locks to the bedrooms the landlord would also have to alter their insurance policy and the council would need to be informed.

    Without wanting to sound unhelpful, If the security of your bedroom was such an important factor when searching for a property then you should have looked at this before or inquired before agreeing your tenancy. All properties are different and it is not a mandatory requirement when renting to students to have locks on the doors.

    Therefore locks will not be fitted to the bedroom doors and you are not permitted to install them yourselves.

    Anybody would just assume there would be locks on the doors and its just a factor that we forgot to check. I just dont know what to do about this. Is this email BS or is there anything i can do or any loop hole which i can get locks put onto the bedroom doors?
    (This property is rented as a student house but we pay the rent from one account.)

    Thank you for your help in advance!
    If you're renting together in a joint tenancy agreement then they don't have to have locks fitted. If you rent separately, then each room could have a lock. I think there's no way you can make them put locks on unfortunately.

    Not sure about this whole insurance/council thing, don't know why you'd have to inform the council about some locks :/
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    Only useful if you are inside your bedroom.
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    It is because if a household contains people who are not related by familial links, and the doors have locks, the rules change.

    It can affect the type of tenancy, and some councils then make the landlord liable for council tax, and try to charge it per room . So as students, you are exempt. If he is liable , the tax may be £2k. If he is unlucky, and the council pushes it, a four bed house ( dinning room as another bedroom) would be liable for £10k council tax
 
 
 

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