Front door locks - is a catch/latch needed?

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    Front door locks - is a catch/latch needed?

    Hi All,

    We have a PVC front door that has two panels of glass and a 5 point key lock - to lock or unlock the handle has to be lifted while turning the key.

    Do front doors need to have a catch or latch lock also so that the tenant can quickly secure the door if an intruder follows them? Is this just good advice to have or is there a requirement for it?

    Also our property is terraced and has two front doors the PVC door is the main door and next to it is a wooden door with glass panels that only has a single key lock that leads to a small room off the kitchen. Does this door need to have other locks also?

    We rent our property - are the requirements for door locks different for houses that are rented?

    Many thanks for any insight.

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    Originally posted by redfrisby View Post
    Do front doors need to have a catch or latch lock also so that the tenant can quickly secure the door if an intruder follows them? Is this just good advice to have or is there a requirement for it?
    There's certainly no requirement; and personally I would say for a tenanted house in particular, it's bad advice, not good. Reason being that it's very easy to lock yourself out of the house that way, and every time the tenant does it, you're the one who'll get called out...

    We rent our property - are the requirements for door locks different for houses that are rented?
    There are no requirements for external locks in any property, rented or otherwise. The only important thing is that your insurance company knows what type you have, to avoid invalidating your policy.

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      Thank you Ericthelobster again for your help

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