Security Tips to Keep Your San Ramon Rental Property Safe - Article Banner

You don’t have to be an experienced real estate investor to know that it’s your responsibility to provide a safe, habitable, and well-maintained home for your tenants. Safety is especially important, and you should be checking for safety issues every time you’re inside the property. 

Whether you’re keeping residents safe from faulty plumbing, fire hazards, catastrophic weather, or unexpected pandemics, the more security you can provide your tenants, the better the rental experience will be for everyone. 

We’ve been managing San Ramon rental properties for years, and our experience has shown us that there are a few important things you need to do to keep your property safe. Here are some of our best tips.  

Look for Safety Hazards Outside the Property

A lot of danger can lurk outside your rental home or your multi-family building. Make sure there’s adequate exterior lighting; dark exteriors will only invite criminal behavior. 

Consider putting motion lights outside the property so your tenants will know if there’s any activity outside of the house at night. Porch lights should be installed and working, and all doors and windows should have working locks. 

Consider installing a peephole if there’s not one already. This gives residents an opportunity to see who is outside before they open the door. Something so simple can provide a lot of safety and security.

Look for health and safety issues, too. Check the roof for any wear or damage. You don’t want any risk of water intrusion. If you’re renting out a multi-family property or a building, check the balconies and the stairs. Look for corrosion, rust, deterioration, and anything that’s loose or uneven. 

Provide Security Options

You don’t necessarily have to pay for an alarm on your property. But, you should make it available to tenants if they want to install their own system. Smart home technology also seems to be growing in popularity, and if you provide a home that’s ready to accept that technology, tenants will feel safer. 

Doorbells with video cameras can be a great security device. Encourage these systems and tools, and be willing to support any additional security initiatives that will keep your residents feeling safe in their San Ramon rental home.

Water and Fire are Safety Issues in a San Ramon Rental Home

calamities A major item on your safety checklist is smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Fire can be an unexpected danger, and odorless carbon monoxide from heaters and appliances can be deadly. Check them at least twice a year and make sure your residents understand the emergency procedures if there’s a fire.  

Water is another potential hazard. Check your property’s gutters and roof every year and make sure there aren’t any slow drips or leaks in the plumbing. Inspect sinks, toilets, and tubs. Water will lead to mold, which can lead to health issues and expensive remediation issues. A preventative approach is far safer and more cost-effective. 

Document all of your safety inspections and educate your tenants on how to keep themselves safe while they’re in your property. If you’d like some help putting together a safety checklist or conducting routine inspections, contact us at California Pacific Realty. We can be your resource for San Ramon property management.