There are a few things to consider when choosing the right lock for your rental property. You want to make sure that you have the right level of security to keep your rental property secure. We will go through some of the considerations you need to make when choosing a lock and some of the best locks on the market for you to choose from.
What to Consider for your Rental Property
Frequency of use
If you have a high volume of different tenants, for example if your property is an Airbnb or holiday rental, then it’s not practical to get a new lock every time a new person stays. This would take up too much time and money, but you may not be comfortable with the risk of someone copying the key during their stay.
If you have long term tenants, that change every year or two, then you will need to rekey your locks every time the tenant changes. So you will need to look at locks that are easy to rekey.
A common security issue with rentals is the risk that a tenant will copy your key whilst it’s in their possession.
A lock is only effective if it stops people from entering the property, this isn’t the case if someone has a copy of the key, or if the lock itself has any weaknesses. If this is something you are worried about then you might want to look at locks that are easily rekeyed or an anti-snap lock.
So what type of lock should you install in your rental property?
We are going to look at this from a pure security standpoint, regardless of budget. While all cylinder locks have the weakness to be picked or bumped, they are the most common locks to be installed. You can install anti-snap locks that are specifically designed to prevent the lock snapping technique.
Smart locks may be the answer for those with holiday let properties and those with Airbnbs. While they still have security flaws they offer landlords much easier security options. Landlords can give renters virtual keys that can be changed via an app once they leave, this removes the risk of someone copying the key. You can also get alerts when people arrive and leave the property, which may give landlords peace of mind that the renters have checked out on time. Having a smart lock will also make it easier for you to let in repair or Maintenance people, just like with renters, you can send them a virtual key so they can let themselves out.
Keypad locks, to state the obvious, have a keypad instead of a physical key. Renters will type in the passcode to gain entry into the house. There are many benefits to having this type of lock, it prevents lock outs and you can change the code offer each guest or tenant leaves. You can even get keypad locks that will keep a record of which code was used when, so if you can see who was last in the property (if you have given multiple codes to multiple people). Another feature useful to a landlord is the timing feature, this means certain codes can only be used at set times. For example, if you have cleaning staff, then their code might be set 6pm-7pm, that way they can’t enter the house at any other time. Keypad locks also have the advantage of locking automatically, so you don’t need to worry about forgetful tenants.
A list of locks we recommend;
- Kwikset 916 Smartcode Touchscreen
- Kwikset 907 Powerbolt 2.0 Electronic Deadbolt featuring SmartKey
- Schlage Camelot Keypad
- Landlord Locks
- August Smart Lock- 2nd Generation
- Honeywell- 8812409S Bluetooth enabled Entry Deadbolt with Keypad
- Lockly Bluetooth Keyless Entry Door Smart Lock
- Samsung SHS P718 Push-Pull Handle with fingerprint scanner
What to take away…
Each landlord’s needs dictate which lock is best for them. Whether you have long term renters or holiday tenants will change the needs you have for their locks. You will need to think about which option will work best for you before buying and installing a lock for your rental property.
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