New electrical checks and safety standards for Landlords8:59 AM, 15th January 2020
About 2 weeks ago 169
Hello, I am a newbie to the forum and I have a question. A friend of mine has just viewed a ground floor flat yesterday which she really likes. Her only reservation is that she feels the front door is not secure enough.
There is only one lock on the door and it is old and not very robust. There is no chain and the landlord told her that he does not want a chain or any other locks added.
She fears that her contents insurance will not be valid if she is burgled and that the door could easily be kicked in and she could therefore be potentially in danger. The back door ironically is in far better shape and does have a much better lock on it so she isn’t concerned about that.
The area isn’t the worst and the landlord says the flat has never been broken into, but where does my friend stand if she takes the tenancy?
If she changes the lock and fits a chain can the landlord take action against her for “causing damage to his door”? If she was broken into what duty of care if any would the landlord then have towards her to protect her?
Other than the front door lock situation my friend absolutely loves the flat. The rent is affordable and the location is convenient. She knows the area and she really needs somewhere to live.
All advice will be very welcome.
Thank you. Marie
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