Our rented flat was broken into, in the process the Yale lock was broken and cost £100 to repair. The landlord is refusing to pay this on the basis we didn’t also lock the door with the mortice lock. We didn’t use the mortice lock as it wasn’t working although the landlord did not know this.
Does the fact that we didn’t use the mortice lock mean that the landlord isn’t liable for the repair cost?
Possibly relevant is that the burglar wouldn’t have known that the mortice lock wasn’t working prior to attempting to break in?