Can a landlord refuse to put locks on HMO bedroom doors?

by Readers Question

13:03 PM, 9th September 2013
About 8 years ago

Can a landlord refuse to put locks on HMO bedroom doors?

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Can a landlord refuse to put locks on HMO bedroom doors?

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. locks on HMO bedroom doors

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.

Flo

Comments

David G

10:03 AM, 23rd April 2015
About 6 years ago

A house share without door locks? Might as well place a sign on the door saying "valuables inside. Please steal". This arrangement would be a deal breaker for me for somewhere to live. Take into account that it's not just the tenants that can get in but tenants' friends and partners/family. Add on any electricians and other that may be sent in for repairs and decoration. Yeah it's about as private as the pavement outside.

Mark Alexander

10:22 AM, 23rd April 2015
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "David G" at "23/04/2015 - 10:03":

My stepson lives in a shared house without locks on the bedroom doors. He realises that if locks were added he may well have to pay band A council tax. He's not had a problem because he trusts the people he is sharing with.
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Robert M

12:28 PM, 23rd April 2015
About 6 years ago

Why is a question posted in September 2013 being given prominence? Drumming up clicks on the site?

Jay James

12:54 PM, 23rd April 2015
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Chris Sheldon" at "09/09/2013 - 20:53":

Is there really any such law ?

Mark Alexander

13:06 PM, 23rd April 2015
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Robert M " at "23/04/2015 - 12:28":

Hi Robert

I can only assume that David G found an old thread via a search engine and decided to ask a question. What's wrong with that?

We have thousands of people finding this website for the first time via search engines and many of the discussion threads have been long since forgotten by the people who contributed initially. However, when a new person posts a comment this resurrects former threads and comment notifications are sent to all who previously engaged. That's how all internet forums work.
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David G

15:45 PM, 23rd April 2015
About 6 years ago

I Googled it. Search engines are changing the dynamics of everything. I don't know the website in general, only refostered to comment.

Hsmith

9:53 AM, 19th September 2020
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Yvette Newbury at 11/09/2013 - 22:19
Hi Yvette.
I don’t suppose you remember the name of the insurance companies do you??

Yvette Newbury

15:54 PM, 19th September 2020
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Hsmith at 19/09/2020 - 09:53
Yes, best one was Ensleigh insurance. I say best as they have been providing insurance since I was at University so they've been going a long time!

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