As a landlord, it goes without saying that your property should be safe and secure. There are a range of things that you as a landlord can do to ensure your property is as safe as it can be.
In this ‘How to’ series, thanks to the RLA’s partnership with Tradepoint, we take a look at practical tips for landlords when it comes to their property. Remember that RLA members can receive a free Tradepoint discount card, entitling them to discounts at B & Q-from kitchens to paint, find out more here.
How to keep your property secure-things you can do
The RLA have created an interactive Safe and Secure home tool which specifies the things that landlords can do to ensure your rental property is safe and secure. This includes:
- Installing a five lever mortice lock for external timber doors or a three multi-point locking system for PVC-u external doors.
- Ensuring window locks are attached to windows easily accessible from outside (although they but must not be attached to designated escape windows).
- Installing door chains.
- Making sure the main entrance door to a shared property has a lock that meets the above standard. (The freeholder or appointed manager is responsible for this).
- Putting in burglar alarms, defender alarms and security, night lights and spy-holes.
- Ensuring doors fit properly into their frame and are free from damage.
In addition to this, outdoors sheds and gates must be kept secure with a quality bolt and lock. An alarm may also be a good idea.
It is a good idea to ensure that patio doors are secured with a french door lock, and tenants should avoid advertising that they are going away.