New Tenant = New Locks
Landlords are sometimes prone to be victimized by burglars especially if they fail to change the locks of their properties after their last tenants left. This is not to accuse the tenants of being thieves, but we don’t know they might have some connections with the bad guys and might want to retaliate with their strict and high-tempered landlord.
When tenants leave, they have to turn over the keys to their landlords. But even if they do this, there is no assurance that they don’t have copies. After all, it’s so easy to duplicate keys.
As landlord, it is recommended that you change the locks of your apartment or building right after a tenant left your property. This is to prevent the tenant from re-entering the property without permission and give assurance to the next tenant that they are safe and secured.
Changing the lock is also necessary if the previous tenant had damaged the lock in some way, making it less secure for the next occupant.
However, landlords have the option not to change the locks of their property after their tenants leave, considering the cost that this might incur. High security locks like deadbolts are expensive compared to ordinary locks and the cost of changing these locks every after a tenant leaves would definitely cost more especially if there is a fast turnover of tenants. This is okay as long as the locks are still in good working condition.
But maybe, if the new tenant requests a change in the locks, the landlord would have to agree just to give the tenant peace of mind.
Lock replacement may be expensive but lock rekeying is not so this is another option for the landlord if he does not want to spend much on changing the lock of his property.
Rekeying a lock prevents the previous tenant from re-entering the property since a new key needs to be used to open the lock.
In rekeying, only a pin is replaced, and not the entire lock, so the cost would be much lesser compared to total lock replacement.
Landlords carry great responsibilities over the security and welfare of their tenants. And this includes making sure that the tenants would live comfortably inside their property without having to worry about possible break-ins and burglaries.