Managing a rental property is a lot of work. There will be many types of maintenance issues you need to do over the years to protect your property and keep your tenants happy. One area where you may have difficulty doing the work yourself involves your locks. Unless you have the proper training, lock related issues are just too complicated for the average person to do. That is why it is a good idea use a locksmith that can help you with the following things.
Changing Locks Between Tenants
Even when you are renting a property to somebody that is very trustworthy, you will need to change the locks after they move out. You never know who could have an extra copy of the keys, and that could put your next tenant at risk for theft. For example, a pet sitter could still have the key, or a maid service that needed access for cleaning.
While you could replace all of the locks yourself, that can be expensive and unnecessary. A locksmith can create new keys for each lock that use the existing locking mechanism and will be much cheaper overall.
Your Tenants Lost Their Keys
When one of your tenants loses their keys, they won't be able to get into their home without some help. Let them know to contact you if this happens so it can be handled appropriately. You should be the one to arrange for an emergency locksmith.
You don't know who could have the missing key, so, for security reasons, it is not a wise idea to simply give them another copy. If the tenant arranges for the locksmith to perform a lockout service, you may not be aware it happened and could lose access to the unit when the locks are changed.
That is why you need to establish a relationship with a locksmith so they are aware that you own the property and know the procedure that you want for handling lockout services.
Creating A Single Key For Multiple Locks
Nobody wants to have to take a half dozen keys around with them everywhere to use your building. If you have a multi-unit building, there will be multiple entry doors and common areas with locks on them. If you buy the locks at the hardware store, they are all going to have their own unique key for each lock. A locksmith can help unify each lock so that it uses the same key, meaning you and your tenants only need one key to get around in the building.
Now that you know some issues you can run into involving locks, you'll be sure to keep a locksmith from a company like Anderson Lock & Safe, LLC on your speed dial.