In order to make sure that your property meets this basic requirement, you - the landlord, should take every possible proactive step to make sure that your Atlanta rental property is secure from any kind of unforeseen eventuality, such as break-ins and burglaries, among others. Bear in mind the fact that a property with enhanced security will increase the overall satisfaction of your renters, which in turn will lead them to keep on renting property from you.
Mentioned below are some very basic, yet very essential tips that you can use to keep your Atlanta rental property safe.
Security Tips For Your Atlanta Property:
TIP #1: ALWAYS KEEP THE MAJOR ENTRY POINTS SECURED
Make sure that the doors of your Atlanta rental property are sturdy and secure. If you find that your doors are made up of flimsy, low-quality wood which will give in easily if kicked, then change them immediately, either by replacing the door altogether or reinforcing it with a tougher metal or solid wood door. The aim is to have a door that will not allow intruders to get in, or at least give them enough difficulty in gathering others' attention.
Furthermore, you must also make sure that the doors are enforced with a very strong locking system. According to the law, the main doors of rental properties are required to have a deadbolt. While it is up to you to go with either of the double or single cylinder deadbolts, we recommend that you use the latter, especially if a window is present that is close to the door. After all, the aim here is to offer the best possible security.
TIP #2: HANDLE YOUR KEYS PROPERLY
Your doors may be super-burglar-proof, but if you handle your keys carelessly, you make your property vulnerable. You must, therefore, make sure that your keys remain in a secure location and/or with the people you intend to give to. There are many benefits of working with a property manager, this being one of them.
Now as a landlord, you are bound to keep a copy of the keys with yourself. You must keep this key safe by putting it in a place that is safe and secure, which nobody apart from you can access. Bear in mind the fact, that in case a malicious person enters your tenant's apartment by using your key, it is you who will be answerable before the law.
Secondly, make sure that the key of the property remains exclusively with your tenant.
And last but not the least, changing or at least re-key all the locks of your property every time a tenant leaves your property.
TIP #3: REINFORCE YOUR WINDOWS
Check and ensure that your Atlanta rental properties are secure enough to prevent anyone from opening them from the outside. Additionally, reinforce the latch-mechanism by installing keyed-in locks. This prevents burglars from getting inside your property, even if they smash the window to gain access to the property.
TIP #4: PUT A PROPER SECURITY SYSTEM IN PLACE
TIP #5: INSTALL ADEQUATE LIGHTING
Bear in mind that most thieves prefer to operate in the dark. By properly illuminating your property, you can deter potential thieves and burglars from trying to gain unlawful access to your property.
TIP #6: LIBERALLY PUBLICIZE THE FACT THAT YOUR ATLANTA RENTAL PROPERTY IS SECURE
One very effective, though a lesser used way to keep thieves and burglars from breaking into your property, is by publicizing the fact that your rental property, along with everything that it houses, is absolutely secure. This can be done in many ways, such as putting-up a security signage or putting stickers on those areas of your property that are most visible. Some very good places to do this is the front door or your property's main entrance.
At the end of the day, the most important feature of a home is its security. Investing in the security of your property is always a plus, as it strengthens your overall comfort. We hope the above tips help you in taking the proper steps to having a safer Atlanta property.
About the Author: David Taylor is the owner and lead property manager at Citywide RPM, a local property management company servicing East Atlanta.