Originally Posted by kceire
I, as a landlord would not provide locks for bedroom doors.
I believe they are a great fire hazard should they be mistakenly locked at night.
Even thumb locks or have you adjusted your opinion when that was raised as an option.
What about an internal bolt but a key for external when leaving (i.e. very similar to a thumblock scenario) ?
With regards to cost it seems fair that the tenant pays if it is their concern.
Fire Safety is obviously a concern but there a plenty of residential houses that all have the typical lock and handle on them.
Originally Posted by Claw Hammer
How much is "not huge money". 7k is not huge money to some people.
Well if a lock costs 7K...
The real cost would be the installation not the lock but could be taken from the deposit or added as an additional cost temporarily. If the landlord likes their tenant and wants to keep them then they should consider it a cost of doing business. Obviously if renting to multiple tenants then the landlord should consider safety of their tenant (and so many in this thread are when regarding fire regulations), especially from other tenants, paramount and either agree to the lock or agree to ending the lease early with no issues if a lock is required due to safety concerns. (Don't get wound up landlords!)
EDIT: OP, talk to your landlord about the options and your concerns about privacy while away and see what they are willing to accommodate, maybe get some prices and if you can afford upfront: perfect.
Edit 2: A night latch (used before thumb locks etc. became popular) seems to be the perfect option here, easy to open from inside and lockable from outside. They are not expensive, 15EUR to 50EUR, and are relatively easy to install so the labour might be easy enough.