As a landlord, it’s important to have control over your property, not only for keeping your property safe and damage-free, but to also keep your tenants safe. If something happens to your tenants on your property, you may be held liable, which can mean bad news for you and your business. A simple way to keep your property and tenants safe and secure is to regularly change the locks on your rental property.
Here are the top four reasons to change the locks on your rental property.
After a Tenant Moves
You should always change the locks on your rental property after a tenant moves out of the property. You may have received the set of keys from your tenant, but you have no idea if they tenant made extra copies of the keys that are not in your possession. Extra keys to your rental property means someone may come back and enter the property without your permission.
Replacing the locks after your tenants move out also sets the rental property up for your new tenants. There’s no risk of someone with an old key coming back and entering the property after your new tenants move in, giving you and your new tenants peace of mind. It would be rare for an old tenant to try to come back and get in the rental property, but it’s a good idea to change the locks just in case.
The Locks are Old
Locks wear down over time, so it’s a good idea to get them replaced regularly. The tiny mechanisms inside the lock wear down after use if you’re not properly maintaining the locks. Sometimes they’re so worn down that you’re not able to get into the rental property with your key – at that point, it’s time to replace them immediately.
We recommend adding regular lock maintenance to your routine. All you need to do is put a bit of lubricant on the key and run it in and out of the keyhole to lubricate the inside of the lock. This can help delay the wear-down process and elongate the life of your locks.
If you’re having major renovations done to your rental property, it’s a good idea to have temporary locks installed on the property so that the maintenance team can have a set of keys. By replacing the locks just for the maintenance team, they can come and go as they please, meaning you don’t have to meet them every day so they can get into the property.
You’ll want to change the locks again after the maintenance or renovations are complete so that the maintenance team doesn’t have a set of keys to the house after new tenants move in.
When Selling the Property
Our final reason to change the locks on your rental property is if you’re looking to sell off the property. You may want to change the locks to a temporary lock like you would with a maintenance situation. This way, only select individuals have access to the property in order to show potential buyers around. When the property is purchased, the new owners will also want to change the locks to make sure they’re the only ones with a set of keys.
These are just a few reasons that you may want to change the locks on your rental property. If you’re in need of a locksmith for your rental property, look no further than the experts at ZS Locksmith.
Our team of lock experts can quickly switch out your locks and get your rental property safe and secure.