Security is important to all of us and tenants in a rental property are no different. When looking for somewhere to live, key areas of security can play a large part in a property’s appeal. Here’s a list of security considerations to look for when you are purchasing or maintaining a property:
Windows – Can they be locked? Are there a reasonable number of windows that can open fully to let in fresh air?
Doors – Are deadlocks installed? Would a spyhole be useful?
Flyscreens – Is it necessary to have security screens installed? Any type of flyscreen is desirable to allow fresh air in and keep insects out.
Locks on garage – Ensure they are well maintained to protect cars and stored goods.
Lock on shed for tools and lawn mower – Often an attractive target for thieves, expensive tools and equipment can be stored securely in a shed to avoid theft.
Alarm – Although it may seem like an optional extra, an alarm may be desirable for some tenants as it can help decrease their content insurance premiums.
Apartments secure entrance with intercom– ensure the strata body keeps the entrance secure and well maintained.
When considering the security aspects of your investment property see it from a home-owner’s point of view. Ask yourself whether you would be happy with the level of security in a building. Then you’ll be on your way to providing a safe environment and having happy tenants in return.