There are many ways you can achieve this, but one aspect you cannot overlook is security. You must create a safe and secure setting for your tenants, and you should encourage them to keep the premises as safe and secure as possible.
Lay down ground rules if tenants leave the premises empty for days at a time
It is likely that the rental agreement contains details on a tenant informing the landlord if the rental property is going to lie empty. There is no problem with tenants enjoying weekend breaks, getaways and even a holiday, but if the rental property is going to lie empty for longer, tenants should inform the landlord of this situation.
Tenants may have work priorities, educational matters, family or private issues and a wide range of reasons why their rental property lies empty. However, if this is the case, as well as informing the landlord of the situation, there are steps the tenant should follow.
· Invest in time switches or dimmer switches to create the impression someone is home
· Cancel all deliveries or subscriptions to ensure no products build up at the front door
· Don’t make a lot of social media posts about your trip, advertising your home is empty
· Move valuable items away from windows and doors where they may be viewed by passers-by
If tenants follow these steps, they will reduce the likelihood of a break-in occurring, which is of benefit to landlords and tenants.
Landlords should consider adding security measures
Most landlords are interested in adding security features, because this adds value to a property. It also offers peace of mind and confidence to themselves and their tenants. Investing in a security alarm system, which can be reset when there is a change of tenant is a sizable investment, but it is one which provides dividends for landlords.
Landlords should also consider the benefit of changing their locks every time a tenant moves out and is replaced by a new tenant. If you have a high turnover of tenants, the cost of this may add up, but you and the new tenant can be confident the former tenant cannot gain access, even if they copied their keys.
Make sure windows and doors are in good condition
The condition of windows and doors impacts on insulation, but also on security. These are the most common entry points during a break-in, so you want to ensure these aspects are well-maintained. As a landlord, make sure you check these features, and if improvements need to be undertaken, do so.
If you are a landlord in South West London and you want to make sure you provide your tenants with the highest standard of service, please get in touch with Holmes Estates, and we will be more than happy to assist you. We know that security measures are critical for landlords, and we can provide you with guidance and advice on this matter.