When you are a landlord there are many things that you are obligated to do by law in order to keep your tenants safe. Among these things are annual gas safety checks, electricity checks and also ensuring your property is secure so that your tenants and belongings are safe. If you are not sure if the looks at your property meet minimum security requirements then it would be worth calling out a locksmith to do a home security check and make sure that all the locks in your property either meet or exceed current minimum requirements BS3621 or TS007 depending on what type of door you have.
It can be quite hard to determine if your locks are secure, or what locks to get in order to improve your home security. When you are a landlord it is vital that you get the best locks possible installed, this isn’t just to protect your property while tenants are living in your property but also for periods when your property is unoccupied.
Unfortunately, burglars have picked up a new technique called lock snapping which is an incredibly quick and easy way to gain entry to a property. The types of locks that are susceptible tend to be fitted to uPVC doors but can also be found on some wooden and aluminium doors.
Locks that don’t meet the current minimum standards can also have an effect on your insurance policy as some insurers will not process a claim if your locks don’t meet their minimum requirements.
If you think that your locks are below standard then you should contact your local locksmith, they will be able to advise you on what lock is right for your property and ensure it meets or exceeds insurers minimum standards. This way you can be safe in the knowledge that your property is secure, and should the worst happen your insurer will be happy to process a claim.
It is a requirement for all windows on the ground floor to have locks fitted. There are a vast range of locks for windows and different windows require different locks so it would probably be best discussing it with your local locksmith who will be able to supply and fit the correct lock and most secure locks for your windows.
Security Tips For Tenants
When new tenants move into your property it is always good practice to provide them with a few tips on how they can help keep your property secure, this is especially useful for tenants renting for the first time. A few good tips to include are:
Reminder to ensure all doors are closed and locked at night and when the property is empty.
Suggest Keeping house and car keys out of view so they can’t be seen from the outside.
Suggest using timers on lights so they automatically come on when the property is vacant.
Being a landlord, especially with multiple properties means you probably have a lot to deal with, so having piece of mind that your properties are as secure as they can be both while vacant and tenanted can give you one less thing to worry about.
If you need the locks upgrading on your property or need a home security check to see if there is anything you can do to improve the overall security of your property contact Lock It Security today on 02380 453 539 or 07887 407 319