Securing A Rental Property With Yale Renting long-term can be a very positive thing, affording more flexibility and freedom, and less hassle. After all, if the boiler breaks, it’s up to the landlord to get it fixed! In a rental property, however, you don’t always have the freedom to make any permanent modifications. There are ways and means of ensuring this doesn’t affect the integrity of your home’s security – some permanent measures (often requiring your landlord’s permission), and some not-so-permanent. Permanent Modifications Security’s not only high on your own list of priorities; it’s likely to be fairly high on your landlord’s agenda, too. While you want to protect your family and belongings, you landlord wants to protect their assets; after all, any damage to the property during a break-in would be paid for at their expense! Not to mention that in a less secure property, it is much more likely that there will be a higher turnover of tenants, and therefore no assurance of rental income. If you’re not sure whether your rental agreement allows you to make any modifications, talk to your landlord about these simple steps that can be made to improve security: 1. A timber door should be secured with both a mortice deadlock as well as a rim lock. Check whether there’s one on your external doors, and let your landlord know that most home insurers require one, in order to be certificated to BS 3621. 2. On virtually all PVCu and composite doors a multipoint lock provides a highly efficient and secure locking solution. Check yours is in tip-top condition [See our ‘Check your lock’ infographic] and let your landlord know if it needs replacing. Yale’s Doormaster Universal is a simple repair solution, which can be fitted by anyone with basic competence in DIY. 3. Above and beyond the lock and key, a home alarm can add peace of mind and an additional level of protection to the property. Prices start from around just £149. Other measures There are other measures that you won’t need your landlord’s permission to utilise. 1. A standalone alarm is a convenient and portable solution, which doesn’t require any installation and wiring. Using motion sensors, a standalone alarm alerts you or your neighbours to an intruder and allows time to keep yourself safe and to alert the authorities. 2. A portable safe is another simple solution. The safe can be attached to any fixed objects without damaging the floor or walls with screws and fixings. That way, you can keep your most valuable possesions truly out-of-reach. Remember: just because the property’s not your own, you shouldn’t have to compromise on your safety and security. Follow these simple measures to improve your home security without losing your deposit.