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Safety First: Why Landlords Should Allow Tenants to Install a Security System

If you own a rented property, would you allow your tenants to install a security system? Would you install one for them? You should!

There are a lot of reasons why a homeowner should install a home security system. But most importantly reassuring the security of their tenants is a landlord’s top priority.

Before you proceed, you need to understand and have a clear thought about home security and the different options available for your property.  Should you go with a traditional wired alarm; wireless sticky sensors; Wi-Fi enabled system? Finding the right solution will require some research.

According to statistics, the simpler home security systems cost £125-£300 and don’t require complicated installation. Some homeowners may find it expensive, but with the right knowledge and choice, you can get the price down somewhat.

Of course, there is a trade off between the price and effectiveness of security products. Make sure that the system you purchase will perform effectively.

Pros of Having a Security System for Tenants

Here are some benefits you can get with a home alarm system:

  • Even when your property is in a safe location, your tenants would feel safer knowing that there’s a security system to rely on.
  • Potential tenants would see your home security system as a benefit and advantage for them to feel safer. This way, you’ll have more guests to take care of.
  • Most security systems offer stickers and signage. These can help deter intruders and. Not all burglars are professionals and many would avoid the extra risk of getting caught.
  • The best thing about having a security system is that in the event of a break-in, fire, or emergencies, it automatically notifies the authorities. This way, you’ll prevent further damages that might happen to your property.
  • In addition to that, home security systems are an excellent investment as the value of your property wouldn’t be the same if you installed one. If you decide to sell your property, there’ll be a lot of potential customers who would want to buy your property. Most property hunters nowadays are looking for a safe place to stay and having a security system would pique their interest.

The Disadvantages and Risks of Having a Home Security System

Surely, you get a lot of benefits when you install a home security system. However, there are also a number of drawbacks.

  • You may still get a false sense of security. Not all burglars are afraid of alarms, so some of them might still enter your home while the alarm is on. There are also professional criminals that know how to hack the system and enter undetected.
  • Purchasing the wrong product can result in ineffective security and actually increase the hazard.
  • Your local police department may charge you for false alarms. When someone of something triggers your alarm, and the authorities in charge couldn’t get any trace of forced entry, they may give you a fine for the false alarm.
  • Most security systems require manual setting of the alarm. You may forget to set the alarm when you’re tired. If you fall asleep without setting your alarm, then your system won’t do you any good.

Home Security System is Easy to Install

Some home security system may require a professional for installation. If you have the money, a professional installation could cost you around £500. It may be discounted depending on your provider, but you also have to schedule monitoring, and it would cost you £15-45 a month.

However, if you don’t want to spend so much, you can choose a DIY security system. There are various choices of wireless alarms that are as easy to install as sticking the sensors on the door or window.

When to Know if You Have the Right Security System

As you already recognise, home security systems can be overwhelming due to the wide range of choices in the market. But how can you tell if you have the right one?

Here’s a list of things you need to consider before installing a security system:

  • Being a landlord isn’t an easy job. You need to take care of your property diligently and ensure everything works as intended. This counts double for security systems, smoke detectors, gas and electricity appliances which pose a health hazard if fault. It’s the same when maintaining the security system.
  • Landlords need to instruct their tenants about using and maintaining the security system and if possible tailor the product to their wishes and lifestyle.
  • No matter what type of security system you have, you need to make sure that all your devices have a battery in case of a power outage.
  • Consider the installation methods. Wireless systems are easy to install, but also flimsy. Wired systems are more robust but require drilling and professional installation.

Takeaway

Having a security system in your property could improve your reputation. It can also be a good investment because it’ll also improve the overall price of your property.

Most potential renters look for a safe place to keep their family and belongings protected. A security system will make the property more desirable and often reduce the premiums on various insurance products you could buy.

About the Author:

Tyler Pack is a real estate consultant and journalist, with a passion for smart homes technology. He is keen on writing about home and property security, and cybersecurity.

A home security system isn’t just essential for homeowners, but for business owners as well. If you own a rented property, your priority is the safety of your tenants. It works by having a control panel that controls all security devices. These devices include door and window sensors, alarm systems, smoke detectors, glass break sensors, and surveillance systems. All of these devices can be functional for years and can be a great investment for you as well. More importantly, it contributes to the safety and protection of a property. Therefore, if you want to keep your tenants protected, you have to choose the right security system.

You can read Frontpoint review if you want to know more about its primary functions. This way you can deter and prevent burglars from intruding on your property.

Note from The Tenants’ Voice:

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