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Deadbolts

FHA Inspections and Deadbolts. Safety problem?

  • Ignore

    Votes: 7 38.9%
  • Disclose

    Votes: 9 50.0%
  • Disclose, stipulate removal

    Votes: 2 11.1%
  • Remove it myself! My clients don't have problems!

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    18
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c w d

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Lets vote on it. I don't think it'll change anyone's opinion but, getting everyone's vote would just be so cool!
 
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Marcia Langley

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cwd,

No one ever said that a dead bolt in and of itself was an issue.
 

Mike Boyd

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If it is a deadbolt that must be unlocked by key from the INSIDE of the house, it might be a safety issue if there are no other escape routes from that room. If that is the case, then call for a repair or replacement of that deadbolt.
 

OSU Beavers

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Prior to seeing it this thread: Ignore

Now that I have thought about it: Disclose, stipulate removal

Reference in 4150.2:

3-6 GENERAL ACCEPTABILITY CRITERIA FOR FHA-INSURED MORTGAGES

16. Other Health And Safety Deficiencies
The appraiser must note and make a repair requirement for any health or safety deficiencies as they relate to the subject property, including:

o inadequate or blocked doors
 

Mr Rex

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Tell them to leave the spare key in the lock, viola, just as good as a thumb bolt. The old rule of thumb from a builders standpoint is that a double keyed deadbolt is used in a door with glass in it or beside it (sidelights) etc. We always made it a point to encourage the homeowners to keep the key within reach, and make a point of using the key when the familiy did fire escape practice.
 

DKAYTES

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Recently ran into this. The subject was a row home with a double keyed cylinder lock on the front door. Called the FHA hotline and they referred me to the local office for this area. They told me that if the local building code requires a single cylinder deadbolt on the FRONT door, then FHA requires it. The local [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']ordinance[/FONT] called for a single cylinder so I called for the lock to be changed.
 
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