Being a landlord can be stressful. Not only do you have to manage the properties you own and your tenants, but you have to make sure these properties abide by health and safety standards and are safe and secure.
It goes without saying that landlords will have certificates for gas safety and electrics etc. but it’s also worth taking into consideration the locking systems and security you have in place.
For example, when was the last time you carried out a security check on your properties? Have you changed the locks from the last tenant? Or made sure you have all of the keys back? Do you have a master key system in place, so you can access any of your properties, especially in case of an emergency?
With the spotlight firmly on landlords at present, with changes in the buy-to-let market as well as the awful news surrounding, Grenfell Towers, landlords are under more pressure than ever before when it comes to looking after and maintaining their properties.
When it comes to locks and making, as well as keeping, properties secure we’ve pulled together a quick checklist of things to consider and look out for, to help keep you on the right track:
- Make sure you carry out a regular security check on all of your properties. This can be a great opportunity to fix or replace any broken locks/doors/windows.
- When a tenant vacates a property make sure all of the keys are returned and even look to change the locks.
- Consider having a master key system. Not only is this useful in case of emergencies, but it also means you don’t have to carry and hunt through a number of different keys.
- Check your fire escapes and emergency exits – make sure everything is up to standard and all locking mechanisms are in good working order.
- Make sure any outhouses, garages or storage hideaways are also secure, have locks fitted and these locks are still in good working order.
There’s a lot to consider and a lot to bear in mind being a landlord. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. Reputable locksmiths are here to help, we’re here to provide a service. One which you can trust.
When looking for a locksmith who can help landlords, look for those that can offer services such as access, lock changes, lock upgrades, security surveys and emergency call outs etc.
Also, make sure you check their pricing, make sure their credentials stand up and always ask for a quote for the work that you need to be carried out.
Of course with a free no obligation quote, a 24/7 emergency contact number and no call out charge 0191 438 6595 is always on hand to help!