My son has moved away from home to take up a new job. We took him there last week and realized that there no locks on the bedroom doors. He is living in a HMO with 5 other professionals.
We asked to have a lock put on the door to the manager. Her reply was that rooms used to be let to students and that’s why there are no locks. Students lose keys most of the time and she would often be called our at unsociable hours.
We stressed that these are no longer students but professionals. My son went to her office the next day. He was told that she does not want to carry a big bunch of keys around when next she comes to show prospective tenants.
The landlord insurance does not insure tenants contents. He “strongly advises ” tenants to take their own insurance.
My question is, have we got any rights to insist on having a lock put on the door?
How can you insure valuables when you leave the door unlocked?
Are we within our rights to put the locks ourselves?
Your help will be most appreciated.