Intercom system for an HMO

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    Intercom system for an HMO

    Hi All.

    I am thinking of having an intercom system for a proposed HMO. I am keen to understand the experience of other landlords when it comes to choosing an intercom system. When i was researching, I noticed some systems with an electronic lock system. These are usually found in a block of leasehold flats, are they used in the case of an HMO ? Can such locks be fitter on a UPVC door ?

    I also note that yale do locks which requires a code for entry, is this better ? I worry about keys and tenant turnaround/spare keys, security etc.

    Thanks in advance.


    #2
    I have ordinary euro thumbturns on my Upvc doors. They’re easy to change but I rarely have to.

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      #3
      Thumbturns best - occupants can get out without fumbling for key or code in the dark or smoke filled property.
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #4
        I wouldn't have an intercom/door entry system on a house used as an HMO. Its too easy for occupants to just press the button without enquiring and it happens all the time in blocks of flats. The difference here is that some of the rooms won't have locks on them and an intruder could easily access communal living rooms and kitchens.

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          #5
          Thanks everyone, I will shelve the lock idea but have an intercom system with the caller facility. I think there is value in that instead of a bell that just alerts everyone, especially in the days of delivery/uBer eats etc.

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            #6
            Just get one of those camera doorbells and give everyone access to the app.

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