29/05/2024

Protecting Your London Property: Security Steps for Landlords

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When summer arrives, the issue of property security becomes even more relevant for landlords.

The summer months provide more opportunity for thieves to take advantage of longer days, open windows and doors, and vacant properties.

As a landlord, you need to protect your investment, but it’s also good practice to help your tenants feel safe and secure.

Here are five relatively simple security steps landlords can take to safeguard their properties during summer.

  1. Upgrade locks and secure entry points

    As a landlord, it’s important to strengthen all entry points. Invest in high-quality deadbolts for doors and ensure windows have sturdy locks. Pay special attention to the ground floor and accessible windows, as well as patio doors, which can be vulnerable.

  2. Install smart security systems

    Modern technology offers many options to enhance property security. Smart locks allow you and your tenants to control access without traditional keys, reducing the risk of copied or lost keys. Security cameras and smart alarm systems can be monitored remotely, providing real-time alerts of any suspicious activity, thereby increasing the overall security presence at the property.

  3. Encourage good lighting practices

    Advise your tenants to keep exterior lights on at night, especially when they are away. Motion-sensitive lights are particularly effective as they startle potential intruders and alert neighbours to unusual activity. Ensure all external lighting fixtures are in good working order and consider energy-efficient LED bulbs to reduce electricity costs.

  4. Promote safe social media habits

    It may be worth reminding tenants to be cautious about what they share on social media, especially regarding holiday plans or extended periods away from home. Public posts can inadvertently alert potential burglars to an empty property.

  5. Regularly maintain and review security measures

    Schedule regular inspections of the property’s security features to ensure everything works properly. This includes checking the integrity of locks, alarm systems and lighting. Also, review your security practices annually to incorporate new technology and address any emerging security challenges.

By implementing these steps, landlords can safeguard their properties and build a trusting relationship with their tenants, ensuring they feel secure and valued.

These measures protect the property and help maintain its desirability and value in the competitive rental market.

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This post was written by:

Steven Herd

Steven's extensive 30 years of estate agency experience in London culminated in launching MyLondonHome, which has enabled him to bring together a hand-picked team to provide the high level of quality advice, market strength and service he is renowned for.

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