Home Security Tips For Landlords
If you are a landlord, you will be aware that there are things that you are obliged to in order to keep your tenants safe. This includes annual gas safety checks, electricity checks etc and ensuring your property is secure to keep both your tenants and their belongings safe. If you are unsure of the security of your property, then it would be worth calling out a local locksmith to come out and do a home security check to make sure all locks are meeting or exceeding the current BS3621.
It is often quite difficult for people to know for sure if their locks are secure, or what locks to get to improve their security. But when you are a landlord it is important to get the best possible locks fitted in order to protect your property not only when it is tenanted but also any periods of time it is left unoccupied between tenancies.
A new technique used by burglars called lock snapping is growing increasingly popular as it is an incredibly quick and easy way to gain entry to someone’s home. The locks that theirs using this method are commonly fitted to uPVC doors however they can also be used on some wooden and aluminium doors as well.
Having locks that are below the BS3621 standard can also affect your insurance policy as some insures will refuse to process a claim if your locks do not meet their minimum requirements for security.
If you know your locks aren’t up to standard or would like to have them upgraded to more secure locks as a precaution and piece of mind then contact your local locksmith who will be able to help you chose a lock that id right for your property and also meets or exceeds insures minimum standards and BS6321.
All ground floor windows are required to have locks fitted. There are different types of window locks for different types of windows so it would be a good idea to talk it through with your local locksmith, they will be able to supply and fit the most secure locks for the type of window that you have at your property.
Security Tips For Tenants
It is always a good idea to provide your tenants with some tips on how they can help keep your property secure while they are occupying it. This is particularly useful for young tenants that are renting for the first time. Good tips to include are:
Reminder to close and lock doors at night and when the property is empty
Suggest storing keys out of sight so they can’t be spotted from the outside
Suggest using timer lights when leaving the property vacant for any length of time
When you are a landlord particularly for multiple property’s you have a lot on your plate so it is important for you to have piece of mind that your properties are well protected both during tenancy and when the property is vacant so you have one less thing to worry about. So, if you need a locksmith to come and upgrade or replace the locks on your rental properties then contact Dr Locks today – 01904 295 465