Scenario 1: Tenant did not lock windows and/or doors
Oops, that could be a costly mistake. Sometimes, people just forget to secure doors and windows. However, there are people who may not be used to locking their doors. Discussing ways to make the building more secure will make sure everyone’s on the same page.
Scenario 2: Tenant is involved in criminal activity
If a renter is involved in shady business, then their home (your property) will most likely be a target of theft. This is where a solid tenant screening process saves the day. Be sure that you have a good idea of who you’re renting to before signing a lease.
Scenario 3: Tenant gave a key to a friend
Advise your renters against doing this, because they never know who will get their hands on a spare key. Instead, consider installing a lock box for your tenants to securely hide a spare key in case of emergencies. And don’t forget to change the locks each time you have a new tenant.
Scenario 4: The doors or windows don’t lock properly
In this situation, it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that windows and doors lock properly. Worn out handles, latches, and locks must be replaced. Creating a secure environment will keep occupants safe and allow them to practice good safety habits. Be sure to check doors and windows during your move in and move out inspections so that you can secure all entry points.
There is an expectation of safety at every rental property, and landlords and tenants can work together to ensure that a home is as secure as possible.