As the darker nights draw in, Martin & Co Crawley are advising tenants what they can do to keep their properties secure.
Under the new consumer protection regulations, agents are now obliged to disclose any information that could affect a transactional decision. As a tenant, if you are concerned, you have the right to ask your agent if the property has any history of burglaries.
Freddie Hartwell, Property Manager at Martin & Co Crawley said, “Many responsibilities for the security of a property are divided between a landlord and tenant and it is important to highlight to tenants which elements they should look out for during the term of their tenancy”.
Below are a few tips in order to protect your personal belongings and your home.
- Thieves still employ letterbox theft to obtain keys to either your car or home. Keep valuable out of sight of windows, doors and letterboxes.
- If you have concerns and wish to request additional security, make sure it has been agreed in writing.
- Whilst the landlord is responsible for insuring the building, it is the tenants’ responsibility to insure their own possessions – and it’s advisable to remember that your possessions may be worth more than you think.
- If the property has an alarm, familiarise yourself with how it works. If the alarm relies on sensors, remember to check the batteries on a regular basis.
- If you are going away remember to inform your landlord/agent.
If you are a landlord with an empty property or a tenant who has any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01293 735000.