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Locks and Rental Properties: What Every Owner Should Know

  • By Admin
  • 24 May, 2018
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Money earned from a rental property is known as passive income, but if you want to safeguard your property and boost your investment, you can't be passive when it comes to protecting the property. Make sure you keep security a top priority by focusing on the security needs of your property. Learn some helpful tips to keep your rental property safer.

Know When to Rekey

Make sure you know when it's time to change the locks. First, it's good to get in the habit of replacing or rekeying the locks every time you get a new tenant in the property. You never know if a previous tenant had a spare key made. Second, change the locks whenever a persons' name is dropped from the lease.

For example, if there was a couple on the lease and one of the people moved out, go ahead and have the locks changed. In a moment of passion, the ex-partner could come back and destroy the other tenant's property, as well as yours. You can apologize to the tenant for the inconvenience but let them know it's for your protection and theirs.

Establish Key Control

Many tenants follow the rules or guidelines you establish without hesitation, however, there are some tenants who won’t follow the rules. Tenants in the latter group might even decide to move someone else into the property without going the appropriate procedure. If you aren't relying on key control, then you're only making it easier for these types of tenants.

Key control is a way to prevent a tenant from copying a key to your property and sharing it with someone else.

Keys that are key controlled will generally have the words "do not duplicate" inscribed on them. While there aren't laws that prevent the key from being duplicated, most reputable key cutters won’t want to perform the service based on the inscription.

Perform Inspections

When an intruder breaks into a property, the goal is to get as much as possible without getting caught. When accomplishing this goal, burglars care little about the damage they cause. In the event of a break-in, a criminal may get away with your tenant's belongings and leave behind damage to your property, which becomes your responsibility.

More than half of all home break-ins occur through the front or back door. If the lock is worn or damaged, then it only makes it easier for an intruder to gain access to the property.

Make sure you're including lock inspections as part of your annual prevention checklist, and encourage the tenant to quickly alert you to any lock damage so that you can repair it as soon as possible.

Know the Law

Make sure you are well versed in the laws that pertain to rental property owners. In many states, only the property owners can change a lock. However, in California, a tenant can legally change a lock, and choose not to give the property owner a key.

Unless there a section in the lease agreement that prohibits this, a tenant could lock you out of your property. Review your lease and ensure you have language included that prohibits tenants from changing the lock on their own. In the case of an emergency, it's essential that you have uninhibited access to the property to check for damages and initiate repairs.

No one is going to value your property more than you do. Make sure you are following these tips to keep protection your first priority. For all your locksmith needs, from rekeying to new lock installation, contact our team of experts at Vista Lock & Safe Co.
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Entry Locks

Entry locks are those locks that secure your front and back doors and any door that leads directly into the home. The locks can be keyed alike for these doors, but keep in mind that means anyone with a key can then open all the entry doors on the house.
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Sliding Doors

If you have a sliding glass door on your home, the lock that secures it may or may not have a keyed locked on it. If the door does have a lock, getting a locksmith to change the cylinder is a good idea.

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