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7 Security Gadgets Every Landlord Should Place In Their Rental Properties

7 Security Gadgets Every Landlord Should Place In Their Rental Properties

Being a landlord doesn’t stop just by simply renting out your property. A lot of renters nowadays are getting more and more concerned about their security even if they are renting a house or an apartment.

As a landlord, it’s not really required for you to set up a security system in your property, but this could be a very good investment. It could even help you raise the value of your property. If not, it could help you get renters easily.

If you now plan on setting up security devices around and inside your property, here is a list of what you could get installed to ensure security.


Security Cameras

This is one of the most common security devices you can install in your property. There are different types of security cameras that you can use – indoors and outdoors.

If you have the budget, you might as well get HD security cameras from reputed companies like NightOwl so that you can be sure that the video you get is useful when it’s needed.

Installing security cameras in your properties isn’t prohibited even if you’re renting them out. Just make sure that you let your tenants know about it.


Doorbell Cameras

This is a doorbell that comes with a camera. It’s a good security device that renters would find helpful. A lot of doorbell cameras comes with an app so that the users can easily check who’s at the door.

Aside from checking who is visiting, some of these can also let you communicate with the person who rang your doorbell – like an intercom or a door phone.

As a landlord, this can also come in handy as it lets you check who’s lurking in front of your property when no one is renting the place.


Smart Lighting

This is a feature that usually comes with home automation. You may wonder how this could work as a security device but trust us! This is useful if your tenants are away or if you don’t have any at all.

Smart lighting means you can control the lights in your house remotely. So even if you live far away from your tenantless property, you can easily switch the lights on and off. This will leave an impression that the house is occupied so it lessens the chance of a break-in.



Security systems sometimes don’t come with a loud alarm anymore because instead of a loud siren,

security companies immediately alert the police if any break-ins happen.

A good and loud old-fashioned alarm can scare burglars or trespassers right away. There’s no need to wait for the cops to show up and send them away. This is one of the security devices that’s useful as soon as a break-in happen.

Just be alert when this goes off when it shouldn’t. This could be very loud and could easily distract the neighbors. Always make sure that your tenants know how to control the alarm if it sets off.


Motion Sensors

There are different types of motion sensors, but the infrared ones are commonly used. When no one is at home or if your property is vacant, these are what you should activate.

It can detect movement and lets you know if there’s someone or something in your property through an app and for some, through text messages.

Don’t worry about false alarms because a lot of these motion sensors are pet-friendly and can adjust to what is alarming and what’s not.


Fire and Carbon Monoxide Sensors

Security is not just all about burglary or break-ins. It’s also good to make sure that the health of your tenants won’t be affected during their stay in your property.

Fire Sensors are more known as smoke or heat detectors. This will set an alarm signal if it detects extreme heat and smoke. Meanwhile, carbon monoxide detectors alarms when the amount of carbon monoxide in a room becomes dangerous.

There are multiple ways for carbon monoxide sensors to work and send an alarm off. When a carbon monoxide sensor alarms, most of the carbon monoxide sensors require to be placed in a room that doesn’t have any carbon monoxide.

Having these sensors installed in your property could save you complaints or even lawsuit from your tenants. Aside from that, most states do require these sensors to be installed in a rental property.


Smart Locks

This will work well for you if your property is far from where you are. Smart locks are widely used by rental properties especially if they rent it out as an AirBnB. Aside from security, this also offers convenience.

This is a wise investment because you wouldn’t have to go to your property just to reset the padlocks’ passwords every time you’ll have guests. Smart locks can be controlled with the use of your computer or smartphones.

So even if you’re away, all you must do is send the passwords to your expected guest or renter and they

should be good.


Installing a Security System

All those devices mentioned above can be easily installed in your rental property by just getting a security service to do the job for you. There are quite a lot of home security system providers that you can choose from and you can always check their packages for you to know what will suit you and your tenants’ needs.

Since you have a rental property, consider setting up a wireless security system. Installing wireless devices is less invasive. These devices are also portable so you and your tenant can easily place them anywhere that both you and the tenant prefer.


Credit: Melbie from Alarm Freak

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  1. maria says:

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