Everyone wants to feel safe in their home and this includes renters. Having a rental property that makes tenants feel safe and secure will make them more likely to stay, treat the property well, and recommend fellow renters when they leave. It also gives property owners peace of mind. Here are some things to consider when improving the safety of your rental properties.
Lighting: Make sure the entrance way, walking paths, and front doors are well lit. Consider installing motion sensing lights so the outdoor areas will be lit when tenants come home after dark. Inside, ensure that dark areas are adequately lit to prevent tripping or falls.
Doors: Put deadbolts on the doors. If you are able to change doors, put in solid doors rather than ones with glass that can easily be broken. Replace door strike plates every few years so they don’t wear out and comprise the security of the door. Doors should have peepholes so tenants can see who is coming to their door.
Windows: Ensure that windows have properly working locks. Make sure windows comply with local regulations for child safety.
Tech: For multifamily buildings, consider installing an intercom or video doorbell systems for tenants to grant access to guests. Allow tenants to have wireless alarm systems or motion sensing alarms for broken windows. These devices don’t require any hardwiring.
Outdoor Areas: Clear shrubs or other hiding spots around entryways and first floor windows. Depending on the property, you many consider outdoor cameras, especially for multi-family buildings. Check with local laws and inform tenants.
Due Diligence: Perform thorough background checks on renters so that they won’t be a security threats to other renters or to the property. Require renter’s insurance. Post emergency numbers in units and in common areas.
Our Property Management team helps property owners secure their investment properties, as well as running comprehensive background and reference checks on applicants. For more information about the Concierge Property Management Services at Caron B Realty, please call Doug Davis at (808) 596-4883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org