The holidays a joyous time of year. The sun is shining, work has ended for the year and everyone takes a well deserved break. A lot of people go away to the beach or to spend time with family and friends and the last thing you need on your shoulders, as a landlord, is the stress of dealing with a break in.
So what can you do to keep your rental safe?
The first thing you need to do, is communicate with your tenants and find out if they are going away, when they are going and how long for. If you are in the area, you may want to keep an eye on the place yourself. It could be a good time to carry out any repairs that need doing. If you are not in the area, you can get your property manager to keep a watch out.
If your rental is vacant
If your tenants have moved out before the holidays and you haven’t got a replacement yet, you need to be extra diligent. Take a walk around the property and make sure there is nothing lying around that could help a burglar gain access. Install deadbolts and make sure all doors and windows are locked at all times. Get a timer so the lights come on at night, making it look like someone is home, or if you have funds available, it might be worth it to install an alarm system or security cameras. Sometimes peace of mind outweighs the amount of money you spend.
Rent to holidaymakers for extra income
If you can, consider renting to holidaymakers for the holiday season. You will get extra income, and you will have someone to look after the house. You can get great rates to rent as a holiday home, depending on the location. You may still have security issues even with someone staying there (depending who you rent your house out to) so always get a property manager to vet all guests before signing a rental agreement, if you can’t do it yourself.
What are you going to do to ensure your rental property is secure these holidays?