As a rental property owner in Tavernier, you know that your residents often have serious concerns regarding their personal safety. As new residents move into a rental home, they might bring up questions regarding changing the locks. They would want to make sure that past residents or other people with keys to the property can no longer get into the residence. In certain areas, local laws do not require a landlord to change the locks between residents. Some property owners might think that it’s an unnecessary expense.
If the resident asks, do you need to change or re-key the locks?
The plain answer is no, you are probably not required to change the locks if asked. Still, you should consider the potential consequences of failing to do so.
As the property owner, you are responsible for providing your Tavernier residents with the means to make their home secure. After your residents have signed a lease, you provide them with keys, garage door openers, or passcodes. These are all to grant them access to the property; at the same time, these give them the means to secure it. Residents have an inclination to generate multiple copies of their keys for family members or even neighbors. The problem is that when they move out of a rental home, they could forget to collect and properly dispose of these copies.
If you don’t change or re-key the locks, and a stranger gets illicit access to the residence, you could find yourself with a lawsuit on your hands and be deemed liable for damages. This is particularly true in cases of domestic abuse, divorce, or family problems. Even an old roommate could be a cause for concern. Because of these, changing the locks between residents should be an essential step in protecting yourself from legal liability.
Of course, the locks are just one piece of the system of a rental home. Garage door openers, keypads, and other access devices contribute to the risks as well. Residents may give entry codes to babysitters, repairmen, or others who need access to the home when they aren’t present. Careful management of passcodes, remote controls, and so on must be part of your property management strategy. Your strategy must also include changing codes or replacing remote controls as needed. These things help guarantee the safety of your residents.
At Real Property Management Sunshine, we want to ensure that the only people who have access to your rental properties are your residents. That is why we include lock changes between residents as an important element of our property management services. Our approach uses the industry’s best practices to protect you and your properties. To find out more, contact us online or call us at 305-930-7867 today.