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Welcome to my blog! My name is Doreen and I am here to provide all of the information you need to fully understand real estate. When I bought my first home about 7 years ago, I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I found the entire process very confusing. However, all of that changed when I decided to sell my house a few years later. I found a fantastic real estate agent who taught me everything I needed to know. Since that time, I have bought and sold several other properties. I hope you like this blog and that it helps you to secure the home of your dreams.


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3 Checks To Enhance Safety Before Moving To A Rental

by Minnie Simmmons

Moving to a new rental can be exciting as you start a new phase in your life. And while you're excited about the move, you'll also want to ensure that the property is as safe as possible, especially since you don't always know the previous occupants. Here are some ways to get your landlord to enhance safety before moving into a rental property.

Check Whether The Landlord Is Willing To Change The Locks

If you're feeling unsafe because the property has a standard keyhole, then you might want to consider asking whether the landlord is willing to change the locks on the front door. This is an important step in helping you and your family feel more secure in the home because previous tenants may have kept a set of keys for themselves without the landlord's knowledge. Most landlords oblige this request to ensure safety of their tenants, so it's not unreasonable to ask whether this is possible. However, keep in mind that this is a voluntary request, and the decision to change locks is entirely up to your landlord, so it's important to check this in advance and not after you secure the property.

Check Whether You Can Install An Alarm Or Security Camera

If the property already has a security camera, then you don't have to worry and can simply seek permission to access the video feed. However, if the property doesn't come with an existing alarm or security camera, then you are well within your rights as a tenant to seek permission to install one on the premises. Bear in mind that you will not only need permission to make any alterations, but you will also have to endure the expenses involved in the installation process. Any damage caused to the property during this installation may be taken out of your security deposit.

Check How Many People Will Have A Set Of Keys To The Property

While it's not unusual for real estate agents and landlords to have a set of keys to the property, it's important that you confirm these details before you decide to move into a rental. You obviously don't want the keys to your new rental in the hands of a dozen or so people. If possible, ask that the spare keys be restricted to just the agent and landlord so that you and your family feel more secure in the rental. If the door allows for it, check whether you can add your own temporary locks during your tenancy agreement. If it doesn't interfere with the existing infrastructure, you should have no problem getting permission.

These checks will help you ensure the safety of you and your family when you move into a new rental.