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How to protect your vacant rental property

Whether it’s down to local regulations, seasonal demand or other factors, there’s a good chance that at some point during the year your rental properties are vacant, and potentially vulnerable.

In most cases, the longer an issue goes unnoticed, the more costly and difficult it is to sort out. Vacant properties are more susceptible to break-ins and vandalism, and other risks such as fire and gas leaks can quickly escalate before someone is even aware there’s an issue.

So, here are 6 tips on how to protect your vacant rental property:

1. Smart lighting

In the last few years smart lighting has become a smart, affordable way to make it look like a property is occupied when it isn't. You can easily customise daily routines, or remotely control the lights from your smartphone app.

2. Smart blinds

Similarly to lighting, smart blinds are becoming more and more common, you can now grab them at your nearest Ikea. Even something as simple as automating the blinds opening and closing on a daily basis can make a property look lived in, and deter anyone keeping an eye out for vacant ones.

3. Secure windows and doors

It may sound obvious, but if you know your property will be vacant, ensure you do a check of all entry points. Check that all doors and windows are locked, any window stops are in place. It might even be the right time to change the locks, or install a new deadbolt.

4. Check your smoke / CO detectors

Another one people often forget about, but it’s a good time to check your smoke / CO alarms, or install new batteries. Issues in vacant properties often result in more damage, as the response time is longer.

5. Enlist the help of a neighbour

Good neighbours can be an amazing asset, whether they just keep an eye on your property, or go a step further and keep routines going, like putting the bins out, neighbours can help ensure a vacant property doesn’t look like one.

6. Get a Minut Home Sensor

With most issues you may encounter, response time is key. The Minut Home Sensor can instantly alert you to any unexpected motion or noise, and any increases or decreases in temperature or humidity. It also has the ability to recognise other alarms, so if your smoke alarm goes off you’ll know within seconds. You can even add your neighbors and friends to get alerts, in case you’re not nearby.

Preparation is key, the more information you have access to, the safer your properties will be. So, the next time you’re in-between guests, you may well want to follow these 6 tips.