Why Tenants are Looking for Security
Gone are the days of leaving your keys in your car, leaving your front door unlocked all night, and allowing your kids to run the neighborhood. Our world is much different these days and security for ourselves and loved ones is now a bigger priority than ever before. Tenants are looking for a rental property that has the usual good perks – well-maintained, good neighborhood, good school district, etc. But, now they are also looking for security.
In a world that is becoming more and more dangerous, tenants want to know that -- when they are in the comfort of their own rental home – they are safe, secure, and can rest easy. Landlords who can provide this feeling score big with potential tenants.
Here are a few ideas of security measures that can take your Atlanta rental property to a new level.
Outdoor lighting can be a saving grace when it comes to theft. Bright lights will place would-be burglars in the spotlight, thus sending them elsewhere. In addition, when tenants are arriving home after dark, bright lights can make them feel more secure.
Provide tenants with the option of using an installed alarm system. Some may use it, others may not. But knowing it is an available safety option can relieve tenants.
Provide deadbolts on all outside doors at your rental property. This extra lock protection on doors can mean the difference between feeling secure and feeling vulnerable.
Securely locking windows.
Windows are easy to access if they are not maintained with secure locks. They can leave tenants feeling unsafe and exposed. Do security checks on your rental property to make sure that your windows lock securely and are not easily opened from the outside.
It is important to let your tenants know that you, as their landlord, have security procedures in place, too. Such as:
Screening all maintenance crew
Advise tenants of your policy to screen all maintenance crew before they begin handling anything at your properties. Just knowing that the individuals working closely with their home and family have successfully passed background checks can bring a great level of comfort.
No one will ever enter the property without prior notice. Make it a point to let your tenants know that you have a policy that no one will ever enter the rental property without providing prior notice. Unless there is an emergency, of course. This will give your tenants a sense of security knowing that they can leave their personal belongings where they wish – without having to worry about a stranger being in the home.
Welcome feedback from tenants – including suspicious behaviors.
Keep an open-door policy with your tenants. Encourage them to notify you if they see someone hanging around the property that shouldn’t be, notice any behavior that seems suspicious, or just need to share any threats or concerns.
Feeling safe and secure where you live is very important for your overall well-being. Tenants deserve to have this same feeling – and you can help create it for them.
Marina Shlomov, a managing partner at ALH|Podland Rental Homes Property Management is the author of many articles on Landlording, Property Management, and Real Estate Investing. A residential builder in the state of Georgia since 1999 and a property manager, Marina is an investor herself. Her property management company is intended “For Investors” and “By Investors” for a simple reason – she knows what investors’ goals are and she works hard to reach their goals. In her spare time, Marina likes to spend time with her family, friends, garden, read and travel. Check her out atwww.alhpodland.com.
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