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Securing Apartment Units: Best Practices For Landlords - featured image
By Leanne Jopson

Securing Apartment Units: Best Practices For Landlords

Did you know that 35% of renters are willing to pay a higher security deposit for smart home security features? A recent survey by Turbo Tenant revealed that one-third of people want more extensive home security.

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Note: The demand for increased home security allows landlords to make their properties more valuable and attractive to potential tenants while lowering insurance costs. Let’s explore some of the most valuable apartment security measures to ease your tenants’ minds and increase the value of your property.

If you’re a landlord, read on to see the latest technologies helping secure apartments.

Smart Access Control

Smart access control

Traditional keys and locks leave room for lockpicking and can cost landlords a lot in key replacement.

Smart access control is becoming the favoured solution for apartment building security. It offers mobile-enabled entry for tenants, providing them with more convenient access to their building. Mobile access control systems use digital keycards instead of fobs or physical keys, so tenants needn’t worry about losing their keys.

They can simply download their mobile access key for onboarding and download it to a new device quickly should they lose their phone. Not only does this allow landlords to avoid the cost of fob replacement, but it also allows for touchless entry.

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Note: Touchless entry allows the tenant to enter using Bluetooth communication. The access reader will automatically detect their credentials when they hand over the reader. No, rummaging through their bags, no lingering outside the building late at night. Safe and fast entry, 24/7.

Should your tenants lose their mobiles, they can simply contact you using the access control intercom. You can then open the door using the mobile app, rather than travelling to the location with a spare key.

Smart access control systems provide more accessibility and user-first security for your property.

Smart Surveillance
You can fit external areas and entryways in your building with smart surveillance to detect and document crimes on the property.

With smart surveillance systems, tenants, property managers, and landlords can receive alerts based on security threats, eliminating the need to monitor the footage or use playback to investigate an incident.

Furthermore, if the tenant expects a visitor or parcel, they can use an intercom system to see when their guest/package arrives, even if they aren’t at home.

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Tips: Offering the tenant more control over their home security helps to set their mind at ease, knowing exactly what’s happening at home from anywhere, at any time.

Alarm Systems

Tenants will feel safer at home with alarm systems. You must install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to comply with local health and safety regulations. However, installing home security alarms can provide your tenants with even more peace of mind.

Motion sensors and glass break detectors will notify you and the tenant via a mobile notification should the alarm be triggered. This allows for instant response to prevent a potential theft or property damage.

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A forward-thinking landlord should consider the benefits of smart security solutions. They provide more accessibility, allowing tenants to have more control of their home security from their mobile phones. Since many tenants are willing to pay more in their security deposit for smart home security, it’s in your best interest to consider providing it. Which security solutions would offer your tenants more control over their home security?

About Leanne Jopson Leanne is National Director of Property Management at Metropole and a Property Professional in every sense of the word. With 20 years' experience in real estate, Leanne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to maximise returns and minimise stress for their clients.
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