As a rental property owner in Charlotte, you know that your residents typically have significant concerns regarding their personal safety. When new residents move into a rental home, they may ask questions about changing the locks so that previous residents or other people with keys to the property won’t be able to enter the residence. In a number of places, local laws do not require a landlord to change the locks between residents, and certain property owners might deem it an unnecessary expense.
If the resident asks, do you need to change or re-key the locks?
The plain answer is no, you are probably not required to change the locks when asked. But, it is important to consider the possible consequences of failing to do so.
As the property owner, you are responsible for giving your Charlotte residents the means to secure the home. After your residents have signed a lease, you provide them with keys, garage door openers, or passcodes to give them access to the property as well as to give them the means to secure the property. Residents tend to have several copies of their keys for family members or even neighbors, and they do not always remember to collect and properly get rid of these copies once they move out of a rental home.
If you don’t change or re-key the locks, and somebody is able to enter the residence illegally, you might be hit with a lawsuit and be deemed responsible for damages. Particularly in matters of domestic abuse, divorce, or family issues, or even if a former roommate is a concern, changing the locks between residents is an essential step in preventing legal liability.
Of course, the locks are just one part of a rental home’s system. Garage door openers, keypads, and other access devices are potential risks too. Residents might have shared entry codes with babysitters, repairmen, or others who require access to the home when they aren’t present. Careful management of passcodes, remote controls, and so on must be part of your property management strategy, including changing codes or replacing remote controls as needed to help guarantee the safety of your residents.
At Real Property Management Value, we want to ensure that the only people who can enter your rental properties are your residents. That is why we include lock changes between residents as an important part of our property management services. Our approach is meant to protect you and your properties with the best practices in the industry. To learn more, contact us online or call us at 704-230-4074 today.