Security Tips: Tenants going on holiday
We’ll give some basic security tips to put into action now the summer holiday season is upon us again… Unfortunately, this is the time of year properties are left empty and are most vulnerable to burglars.
Chat to tenants
Get them to make it look like the property is occupied while they are away on holiday. They could as a neighbour to push the post through the letterbox, and to put the bin out/in on bin day. They could also ask a neighbour if they’d like to leave their car on your driveway. Potentially cancelling newspaper deliveries if they are going to be away for a long time.
Use timers on internal lights
Internal lights are a great way to make it look like someone is in the property as well as angling blinds (if installed).
Working Security Lights
If not already installed, it’s worth getting security lights at the property. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure your tenants know how to use it.
As a landlord it is a good idea to ensure all locks are working and that tenants have keys to window locks and they secure the property before leaving to enjoy their holiday.
Keep Garden Tidy
Generally, an overgrown garden creates the impression is house is vacant, so the landlord should make arrangements to the grass to be cut as a minimum requirement.
Security tips: Landlords going on holiday
As a landlord, if you’re also planning on going away on holiday, it’s a good idea to let your tenants know. Give details in writing of the dates you will be away and details of another point of contact.
Nominating someone you trust to keep an eye on the property while you are away and be a point of contact for your tenants. Ensure they have the following available:
- Spare keys to doors, windows, sheds and garages.
- A list of handymen and contractors in case these are needed.
- An emergency fund, to pay for any urgent repairs.
- Your contact details in case of an emergency.
What are your thoughts on security your rental properties as landlords or tenants? Please comment below…