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“keyless bolting device”

  • 26 Dec 2017 12:52 PM
    Message # 5648906


    I just purchased a rental. The exterior doors only have one keyed entry lock.

    To comply with Texas landlord code, I need to install a "keyless bolting device" (no access from the outside).

    I am trying to understand what locks/devices fit this criteria.

    Is my only choice a keyless deadbolt lock?

    Many thanks.

  • 27 Dec 2017 2:20 PM
    Reply # 5649889 on 5648906

    I put Swing Bar Door Guard to comply with City of Dallas requirement.


  • 27 Dec 2017 6:09 PM
    Reply # 5650414 on 5648906

    I had to install one for Tarrant County Housing. From the sheet that they gave me, it was basically anything a landlord can't access from the outside. 

  • 28 Dec 2017 8:46 AM
    Reply # 5650832 on 5648906

    Thanks fellas. I like the Swing Bar Door Guard (easy install) but am not sure if it meets Tarrant County requirements.

    Last modified: 28 Dec 2017 8:50 AM | Sheik Hassan
  • 28 Dec 2017 8:52 AM
    Reply # 5650836 on 5648906

    Actually it does not...

    A “keyless bolting device” is a door lock not in the doorknob that locks:

    (B)  by a drop bolt system operated by placing a central metal plate over a metal doorjamb restraint that protrudes from the doorjamb and that is affixed to the doorjamb frame by means of three case-hardened screws at least three inches in length. One-half of the central plate must overlap the interior surface of the door and the other half of the central plate must overlap the doorjamb when the plate is placed over the doorjamb restraint. The drop bolt system must prevent the door from being opened unless the central plate is lifted off of the doorjamb restraint by a person who is on the interior side of the door.

    The term “keyless bolting device” does not include a chain latch, flip latch, surface-mounted slide bolt, mortise door bolt, surface-mounted barrel bolt, surface-mounted swing bar door guard, spring-loaded nightlatch, foot bolt, or other lock or latch.

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