Here is a question to the blog clinic from David who is a landlord
I am about to rent a four bedroom house (to four tenants) and none of the bedrooms have a lock therefore I was wondering if I’m supposed to install locks for every bedroom? Is there a law/an obligation for such a thing? I couldn’t find anything on the internet.
There is no hard and fast rule but this is my take on it.
When you rent out a house or flat to, say, four people, on a joint and several basis, then its not really necessary to put locks on the doors. Unless perhaps the tenants ask for this as a condition of renting the property.
There is no difference in law to renting out a house to four students as there is to any other type of tenant. Its just four people renting a property together on a joint and several tenancy.
So far as you are concerned, as all the tenants are renting the house together, they each have an equal right to use all of it. Although no doubt among themselves they will reach agreement as to who should use which room.
It changes though if they all rent their room on an individual basis and each have their own tenancy agreement for the exclusive use of their room and shared use of the other parts of the property.
THEN you do need to have a lock on the door as the other tenants have no right to go in there. The room is rented just by the individual tenant.