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Lessons when dealing with student tenants.

This time of year student in rented accommodation are coming close to finishing time. Hopefully if you are a student landlord you have had minor problems, if any. But from a security point of view here are three points I came across that would be of interest for the next term.

1. Lack of Security Knowledge

As a student Landlord , it is really important to remind and educate your tenants about basic security. Usually, student tenants are moving out on their own for the first time and may not be aware of all the risks and issues surrounding security protocol. Teaching your tenants’ basic handling of security will not only reduce the risk of compromised security, it will protect you and your property in the long run.On occasion, your student tenants might forget to close a window or lock a door on your rental property. Not only will this pose a huge risk for all your student tenants’ belongings inside the property and potential damage to the property, it could cause huge problems with your landlord insurance.Educating your new student tenants about security is a must. It is recommended that on move-in day, that you show your students around the property and explain all the security measures which should take place before leaving your rental property.

2. Unregulated Key Control

Key control is usually put in place to deter unauthorised access to buildings and to also manage who has control of unit keys and master keys.As with any tenant, students could lose apartment keys or compromise security by getting unauthorised spare keys cut . As a landlord, it is crucial to consider key management and include rules in rental agreement of how keys should be handled with your student tenants.Landlords should also make sure that they do not compromise key control when they are acquiring new student tenants. It is always best to reach out to a locksmith so that they can help you rekey locks on some or all of the units.

3. Volatile Personal Relationships

Every so often landlords will have to deal with volatile relationships.If your tenant has problems, and one party decides to lash out, there is a chance that your property and your other tenants may be caught in the crossfire.It is crucial to pay attention to the kind of relationships your tenant has (without being nosy) because it will help give you some insight into how their acquaintances will treat your property.

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