Tenant Safety Tips from Real Property Management Chicago Edge
The safety and security of tenants are a top priority for RPM Chicago Edge. Safety is everyone’s concern any time of year, but our experience has shown that safety issues change with the seasons and the weather. Attention to some simple details can affect the safety measures of your unit.
Safety On The Outside
Take a look around the outside of your rental property to get a quick idea where your property may need some attention from a safety standpoint. Overgrown bushes, especially those up against the home, can be a perfect place for unwanted animals or burglars to hide. Cutting back overgrown shrubs and cleaning up the landscape around the property can improve overall curb appeal while discouraging potential unwanted visitors, accidents, and preventing rodents from setting up house.
Our property management company in Chicago also recommends installing adequate outside lighting as a good measure against potential lurkers. Motion-sensor lights give a timely source of light when coming home in the dark.
Always repair stairways and handrails immediately. Clear rain gutters and drains of leaves and trash so they function properly. Finally, when inspecting the exterior of the property, check for exposed electrical wires, and trip hazards such as raised walkways, roots, or sprinkler heads.
Safety On The Inside
When a rental property has a move-out, always rekey the locks. Many places have laws about this and require new locks on rentals before new tenants move in. Frequently replace batteries in your home’s smoke, carbon monoxide, and radon detectors. A list of all local emergency agencies or neighborhood watch groups can be provided to the tenant at the lease-signing as well. When possible, we also recommend that you install a security system. These systems are even more valuable when linked directly to local police and fire departments.
Safety Checks and Inspections
Maintaining a property is an ongoing process for any landlord, but regular maintenance is always easier and less expensive than big repairs caused from neglect. At RPM Chicago Edge we always keep in mind the legal responsibility you as a rental property owner have and we do our best as your property manager to ensure tenant safety.