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Housing Health and Safety Rating System (England) | Landlord Responsibility for Repairs and Maintenance (England)

Child Safety Locks

15 Jun 2020 | 1 comment

The bedroom windows in my tenanted property are not key lockable and my new tenants have requested they install locks drilled and affixed to the windows in respect of child safety.

Whilst I appreciate their request, I am kind of adverse to doing this as my concern is would I be held responsible if they or future tenants were unable to escape from the first floor windows in event of fire/smoke.

I thought adhesive child safety locks may be a way forward but not sure if would work on windows.

I am interested to know your thoughts and also where I stand legally as a landlord.

My ultimate aim is to ensure my tenants are happy during their tenancy.

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  1. Imported

    21/09/2018 7:43 pm
    You’re not under any obligation to put these on but like you say, this is a relatively simple and not unreasonable request so sometimes it’s easier to keep the tenant happy.

    The HHSRS guidance says a window should be restricted to 100mm and then have an adult override.

    Just do a search for window restrictors and make sure it’s not a “fixed” or “permanent” model. It needs to be capable of being overridden by an adult. Toolstation do them we believe but it doesn’t make it clear on their site about the adult opening element so we didn’t link it here.

    guildy

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