We’re now into summer and many tenants will be starting to head away on holiday.
When properties are empty- it is important to make sure that they are kept safe. It is recommended that you speak to your tenants about what they can do to make sure the property is safe when they are away on holiday.
Most burglaries take place when no one is home so make sure it looks as though the property is occupied. There are a number of simple steps tenants can take to make it look as though someone is in while they are away. Your property is also their home, so it is in everyone’s best interests to work together on this.
Ask your tenants to:
- Set timers on internal lights and radios
- Ask a friend or neighbour to pick up the post and free newspapers, particularly if there is a glass panel in your door. Also ask them to make sure letters and newspapers are fully pushed through the letter box properly.
- Cancel newspaper deliveries
- Ask a neighbour to put out the bin on bin day – and bring it in again
- Check if a neighbour would like to leave a car on the drive
- Mow the lawn before they go away – as well as asking a neighbour to water any pot plants to prevent them from looking wilted and abandoned.
General crime prevention advice also applies.
7. Tenants are advised not to keep valuables on display and to keep blinds angled to prevent would be burglars looking into the property.
8. As a landlord it is a good idea to ensure all locks are working and that tenants have keys to window locks and know they should use them. It sounds obvious-but make sure tenants lock up the whole property before heading on their holidays.
8. You should also consider installing security lights and, if you have a burglar alarm, make sure your tenants know how to use it (and make sure you know the code)
9. It is also wise to advise your tenants to be careful about the information they post about their holidays on social media, as they don’t want to risk being burgled as a result of giving too much away about their holiday plans on Twitter, Facebook or other platforms.
- The RLA runs a Utilities (Gas, Electrical and Water supply) safety course, with dates in London and Manchester coming up.
- Learn more about Landlord Building and Content Insurance here.
- Check out the RLA’s Safe and Secure home tool for more