Nottingham is renowned for its sizeable student population and as a large, modern, cosmopolitan city, also has its fair share of rented accommodation.
If you are a rental property owner, you have a duty, under law, to ensure your property is safe and secure for your tenants.
This includes many things, such as gas, electrical and safety along with more general maintenance issues. It also means your locks and security measures need to provide an adequate level of protection, both for your tenants and for your own peace of mind.
Knowing where to start can be tricky, especially if you are a novice landlord, so we have put together a list of top locksmith tips for landlords to help keep your rental property secure.
Fit the correct locks
This one goes without saying, but if you’re renting out a house, flat or other type of property, it’s crucial to make sure you have the right type of locks fitted.
There are many different types of lock on the market, but a good rue of thumb is to ensure that whichever locks you choose, they adhere to British Standards. Your insurance company may insist on you having BSI locks fitted before they will consider insuring your rental property.
BSI locks are also much stronger, more robust and meet strict security standards. They are tested against most common forced entry techniques.
One of the most common tricks that burglars use is cylinder snapping. This is where poor quality euro cylinder locks are snapped, giving the intruder access to the internal mechanism and making it easy for them to disable the lock.
Locks with anti-snap cylinders help prevent this. They have a break line that always snaps in a specific place, meaning that the internal mechanism remains protected, making it much harder to disable and gain access to your property.
Secure your windows
While locks should be fitted on all windows in your rental property, ground floor windows which are accessible at street level are the most vulnerable, so you should look to bolster their security.
Given that the point of access in two of every three domestic burglaries in the UK is via a window, you should prioritise your window security in the same way as you would your doors. There are a variety of different types of window locks available so, again, look for any that are tested to BSI standards for the greatest level of protection.
Secure your outbuildings
If you’re renting out a tenth floor flat, outbuildings may not be a big issue. But, if your rental property has a garage, shed or any external storage space, then you will want to ensure this is kept well protected for your tenants.
Sheds and garages tend to be easier targets because they are harder to secure. Unfortunately, many people store expensive tools, bikes or garden equipment in them. If a garage is attached to your rental home, it may also be an easier access point for would-be intruders to gain access to the property, so take care to protect all doors and windows as securely as possible, to make them less vulnerable.
Update your locks regularly
Changing your locks whenever you change tenants can be a costly endeavour, particularly if you have more than one rental property and a high turnover of renters.
However, it’s the only way to guarantee complete peace of mind that a former tenant won’t still have access to your property after you’ve moved out.
If someone manages to access your property without having to force entry, it may invalidate any insurance either yourself or your tenants hold and can also result in lots of financial cost and hassle.
Can you really afford not to, for the sake of the cost of a new lock?
Understand your property
You will know your rental property better than anyone else. Understanding what security you have on your doors and windows, whether it needs updating and if there are any potential security problems or vulnerabilities can save you a lot of hassle and heartache in the long run.
If you need repairs or a locksmith’s service, you’ll be able to detail exactly what work needs doing and receive the best price.
It will also help you to plan any investments you might want to make in bolstering your property’s security, so you can budget with a bit more confidence.
Knowing every aspect of your property and your security will help you to maintain it better and keep on top of any potential issues.
Find a trusted locksmith
It’s a sad fact that in our industry, not every locksmith can be trusted to do a good job.
Locksmithing is a professional trade and most of the best locksmiths are highly trained and qualified and have many years’ experience in dealing with common security issues such as broken locks, doors or windows. It means they can provide a trusted, quality service.
Also, lots of locksmiths aren’t available 24/7, which is no good if you need them in an emergency.
Grays Locksmiths is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), meaning we are qualified and regularly vetted and inspected to carry out all aspects of professional locksmith work.
The MLA is recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the police, the Home Office, the British Standards Institute and the neighbourhood home watch network, among others.
We also operate a 24/7 emergency locksmith service, so if the worst should happen, we are only a phone call away and can sort your problem out quickly and efficiently.
Give Grays Locksmiths a call
Grays Locksmiths Nottingham has been providing trusted locksmith services to the people of Nottinghamshire for more than 30 years.
We aim to make all our customers feel safe and secure in their homes and businesses.
We strive to stay ahead of the curve with all the latest security trends to ensure you are always getting the best locksmiths services and solutions on the market.
To find out more about our products and services, give us a call on 0115 9422315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.