Four Ways to Improve Your Rental Property’s Security

Handyman installing security system in rental home
Handyman installing security system in rental home

Security is arguably the number one concern for every renter. They want a home in a community that can guarantee their safety, as well as the safety of their belongings. As a property manager, it’s your responsibility to offer potential tenants maximum protection against break-ins, robberies and other potentially alarming situations. Staying on top of rental security will help you attract a larger tenant pool, and keep you collecting rental income for a long time. For all the property managers ready to get proactive about securing their rental units, here are a few options you should consider.

1.Install a security/surveillance system

Installing a surveillance system in your rental property is one of the best ways to put tenants at ease and ensure their safety. Plus, with the wide variety of security systems available on the market today, you’ll be able to find something that is within your budget. The newest security gadgets have some pretty impressive features that are sure to address renters’ safety concerns. Some come with window and door sensors, smoke alarms, and motion detectors to help keep your rental safe. Newer surveillance systems also offer high-definition imagery and upload videos to a cloud system that can be reviewed by property managers or tenants at their convenience.

2. Add external lighting

Using external lights is one of the easiest ways to deter potential intruders from making a move on your rental property. When people see outside lights on, they’ll assume your property is occupied – making it less of a target. If you want to go a step further, we suggest installing motion-sensing lights. These lights are able to sense movement dozens of feet away and turn on once suspicious activity is detected around your rental home. This smart feature will help scare off unwanted intruders.

3. Replace locks 

It’s good practice to replace the locks in your rental property after each tenant moves out. New locks ensure that anyone who has a copy of the keys to the home – such as your previous tenants’ friends or family members – no longer has access to the space. This will help new tenants feel a little more secure in their new home. Another benefit of changing the locks regularly is the opportunity to upgrade to a better-quality product. Like any product with moving components, locks are subject to wear and tear. Worn-out locks are loose and easier to pick, so, replacing them with newer better-quality locks makes it almost impossible for anyone to gain access to your rental property without the right key.

4. Secure main entrances and windows

Since doors and windows are the primary sources of entrance to your rental property, ensuring they are secure is important. When installing front doors, you should opt for hardwood options as they’re heavier and more secure than their hollow wood counterparts. When it comes to securing your rental property’s windows, we suggest installing locks or window sensors to keep them from being tampered with.

As a property manager, it’s your duty to keep your rental unit and the tenants occupying it, safe. By implementing these four tips, security won’t be a source of stress for your renters.

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Five Ways to Improve Landlord-tenant Communication

Landlord ad tenants talking
Landlord and tenants talking

As a landlord or property manager, having great relationships with your tenants should be one of your main priorities, and the key to excellent landlord-tenant relationships is communication. By establishing open lines of communication, you can avoid tricky disputes concerning leases, move-outs, and rent payments amongst other things. Being readily available to your tenants can even prevent excess damage to your rental property as tenants will feel comfortable reaching out to you before maintenance issues spiral out of control. If you’re looking for great ways to establish a better relationship with your renters, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve shortlisted some of our top tips for improving landlord-tenant communication.

1. Establish communication guidelines

The first step to establishing good lines of communication with your tenants is establishing some basic standards. Let your tenants know about your office hours and the best way to contact you – by email, phone call, or even mail. You should also provide your renters with an emergency number in the case that an urgent situation arises after business hours. In this case, it would also be beneficial to outline what scenarios constitute an emergency situation. Setting guidelines like these help avoid confusion and frustration as everyone is clear about the best ways to reach out in every situation.

2. Give your tenants options

Different tenants have different preferred means of communication. Older tenants may want to speak with you in person, while gen z renters may prefer to send you a quick text. This is why, as a landlord, it’s essential to have multiple ways for your renters to get in touch with you. Provide your new tenants with your email, phone number, and if you’d like, your office address upon their move-in. Just be sure to ask for a reasonable notice period before an office visit. Allowing tenants to communicate through means that they’re comfortable with increases their likelihood of reaching out to you.

3. Be transparent and honest

Tenants tend not to reach out to dishonest landlords. After all, what’s the point of asking for help or raising a concern if the issue won’t be addressed truthfully? As a landlord, it’s your job to be as honest and transparent as possible with your current and potential tenants. Be honest about the condition and size of the rental property, the amenities in the area, and conditions of their lease. You also want to be transparent about what you expect from your tenants – i.e., when to make rent payments etc. Honesty and transparency help establish trust in landlord-tenant relationships. When tenants know they’ll get a truthful answer, they are more open with their concerns.

4. Speak simply

When it comes to landlord-tenant communication, its best to keep it simple. Most situations don’t call for long paragraphs filled with complex real estate jargon that tenants most likely won’t understand. Keep your communication light, concise and engaging so tenants are more likely to comprehend and respond.

5. Communicate more often

Most tenants only hear from their landlord when they move in or are about to move out and this shouldn’t be the case. To help establish good lines of communication, we encourage you to reach out to your tenants more often. Help them with their move-in, send greeting cards during the holidays etc. This lets them know that you’re always available and willing to help.

Communication is the bedrock of every good landlord-tenant relationship, and with these five tips, you and your tenants will be on your way to better interactions in no-time!

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