If you own a rental property, you have more reason than the average homeowner for keeping that property safe and secure. Among other things, a tenant who does not feel safe and secure will not stick around and will tell others about the issues. So what can you do?

Well, where safety is concerned, it’s important to keep the property in good condition. Tripping hazards are often the most dangerous safety issue for rental properties, and can lead to injury and costly legal consequences. Try to keep walkways and stairs clear of debris or other objects. Keep sidewalks in good repair. Install lighting on stairs and walkways to make them more visible at night.

Another matter of safety and security involves crimes. Burglary and theft are often crimes of opportunity, so encourage your tenants to keep their homes and cars locked at all times. Make it a point to get to know the other people in the neighborhood so it’s easier to tell when someone is out of place.

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