I got my keys for my flat yesterday and have started moving in. I went to open my huge sash windows to discover that they had no locks on them. One in the bedroom has what looks like what used to be a lock at the top of the movable panel of the window but has been painted over so it has-been rendered unmovable/unusable. At first glance I had thought they had locks at the bottom because there were little metal public bathroom-style pins on the bottom of the movable panel but then came to realise these were to keep the window open as the hole to slide them into was part way up the window frame, there is no hole to slide them in at the bottom, and the windows are indescribably so they don’t stay up of their own accord. One of the holes doesn’t line up correctly so I can’t even keep one of the windows open, which is a pain, but my main concern is the fact there is no way to lock them.
I’m in a first floor flat if this makes any difference? I found it INSANELY difficult to pull up the window and lock it in place (to stay open) due to the sheer weight of it so I think someone would have great difficulty getting in but I guess if someone had a crow bar and something to keep the window open wide enough for them to get in it would be technically possible for someone to break in, especially as the door to the flat can be opened from the inside without any keys so they could leave that way. In addition to my own piece of mind I am concerned that I either won’t be able to get contents insurance or it will be very expensive due to there being no window locks. Should I broach the subject with my landlord?