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#1 Woodland



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Posted 13 June 2010 - 01:10 PM

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#2 aChocLover


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Posted 13 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

Personally I would ask my landlord for permission.

Assuming the landlord was aware he was renting the house to a family rolleyes.gif smile.gif I don't see that a landlord would actually say no to what is socially perceived as acceptable risk-mitigating behaviour (that is, installing drawer locks).

In saying that, if I were the landlord of a highly sought after, executive home comanding a nice rental, I would probably be a little concerned.

I think I would like to also know whether the tenant planned on removing the locks and filling the screw holes, or leaving them in the doors after the tenancy.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:55 PM

Hi there,

I don't know if this is possible but if your landlord says no to installing door locks another way to babyproof is to get a piece of dowel from bunnings and thread it through the handles from benchtop to floor. The drawers then come out as a job lot not individually so they can't climb up them or get their hands in.

No screws and no damage

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 01:25 PM

I agree with AuChocolat- you should ask.

Not asking in case they say no, then assuming they would say yes seems a little convoluted to me.

The landlord will have the right to take money out of your bond to fix the damage you'd done to their property - and if you ask they may be less likely to make a huge fuss.

As another alternative, have you considered a gate for your kitchen? (I don't know what your kitchen looks like, so it may not be possible, just a suggestion)

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 03:20 PM

No way would i do this in a rental home, wouldnt be game at all!

There are other options though, we got some little latches from Big W that just use strong sticky dots on each side and a latch between them so that they cupboard or draws dont open unless YOU want to open them. They would come off easily enough when you want to move.
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#6 Channy


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 06:50 PM

When we had a rental property, then tenant did this to our kitchen and we were not impressed as it has left permanant marks.

We have used the stick-on ones from Big W in our place and they worked well. We are going to take them off soon as Aidan is older now and going going through drawers/cupboards much anymore
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 08:58 PM

I'd definitely keep part of the bond if any of my tenants did that in our properties. I'm currently renting and I wouldn't even consider doing it.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:29 AM

missed the original post.

I have just recently moved into a rental, and i have put a baby gate at the end of the hall way to keep Miss S out of the bedrooms, and bathroom/toilet and on my kitchen cupboards i have locks like these


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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:36 AM

Emma, the original post was saying that she's going to drill holes in the kitchen cupboard doors to put child locks on and whether she should tell the landlord/agent or just do it as she has the right to have a safe house for her child. I assume she didn't get the responses she was after and deleted it.

#10 Kate2013



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:20 PM

There are plenty of products available through [link removed - mods] that don't require you to damage your home

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