As a tenant, it’s important to make sure your property is as secure as possible. This not only keeps your belongings safe but can also help you feel more at ease. There are many things you can do to improve security without breaking the rules set out in your tenancy agreement. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the best tips for making your rental property more secure.
Are rental properties more vulnerable to crime?
The link between crime and rented properties and HMOs (houses of multiple occupancy) is well documented. In 2015, the Police Foundation’s report ‘Safe as Houses? Crime and Changing Tenure Patterns’ found that areas with high numbers of rented properties and HMOs had greater reports of burglary and violent crime.
But why would that be the case? There are a few possible explanations.
First, rented properties tend to have higher turnover rates than owner-occupied homes, making it more difficult to monitor who has keys to the property.
Second, rented properties are sometimes located in areas with higher levels of social deprivation, which can create a breeding ground for crime.
Can tenants change the locks of their rental?
As a tenant, it’s important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities before making any changes to the property. One question that is often asked is whether tenants are allowed to change the locks on their rental.
The short answer is yes; however, there may be some restrictions in place depending on your tenancy agreement.
It’s also important to remember that you must not damage any of the property’s fixtures and fittings during the process, as the landlord could withhold the cost of repair from your security deposit.
Before making any changes, it is always best to check with your landlord to avoid any potential problems down the line.
Other home security tips
Changing the locks is the most obvious step to secure a rental property but there are other things to consider.
If the area outside your home isn’t well lit, ask your landlord about adding security lights that work when anyone is near the property. These can be easy to have installed by a professional and deter many casual burglars and criminals.
If you are in a higher crime area, a CCTV system is an effective visual deterrent. These systems can be added to any home but you will need to talk to your landlord before adding it to a rental property.
What are landlords’ responsibilities around security?
As a tenant, it’s your right to feel safe and secure in your home. Landlords have a responsibility to ensure that their properties are free of any hazards and that all entry points are properly secured.
This includes ensuring that all locks are changed after each tenant and that doors, windows, garages, and sheds are properly functional and can secure.
If you have any concerns about the security of your rental property, be sure to raise them with your landlord so that appropriate measures can be taken.