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Guide to Change Your Locks as a Renter

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So, You Want to Change Your Locks, But You Rent Your Space. What Should You Do Next?

There have been 15,893 home invasions in Baton Rouge since 2015. As the number of home invasions increase, changing your locks might be the best step to ensure your safety. Or maybe you’ve decided to change your locks for an entirely different reason, like your big-box store lock broke, or you lost your key.

No matter the reason, you’ve decided it’s time to change your locks to ensure the safety of your rental space. Changing your locks as a renter involves getting your landlord’s permission, then choosing a lock. Alford Safe & Lock’s guide to change your locks as a renter will make you feel confident in making decisions during every step of the process.

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Getting Your Landlord’s ApprovalImage of a hand opening a lock

Asking your landlord for permission to change your locks is the first step in this process. Changing your locks without getting landlord permission could violate your lease, and that opens a whole new can of problems. To keep that can closed, make sure you get your landlord’s permission in writing before changing your locks.

Your landlord is likely to allow you to change the locks if your key has been lost because your safety could be compromised. Your landlord will probably ask for a copy of the new key or the code to a new electronic lock. To be safe, check your lease agreement for a “habitability” clause. It usually includes provisions for locks, and you can make sure you aren’t in violation of the lease.

What Happens If You Aren’t Allowed to Change Your Locks?

If your landlord does not give you permission to change your locks, drop that idea. No one wants to be sued or evicted over a lock change. There are other ways to keep your belongings safe in your house. Video doorbells offer added protection, and they are relatively easy to install. Another option is Alford’s Safe & Lock’s premium safes. Safes provide security for your belongings, from documents to guns.

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Choosing Your Lock: Standard or Electronic?Image of new lock on apartment door.

When it comes time to choose your new lock, you face many options, but there are two basic types of front-door locks: standard and electronic.

Standard locks are one of the oldest and most reliable forms of security. As long as you have your key, standard locks offer peak protection for your rental space. Alford Safe & Lock offers six types of standard locks. Unsure which one is the right choice? Our certified technicians are equipped to help you with your decision. Standard locks tend to be more affordable than electronic locks. However, it’s easy to get locked out if you have standard locks.

Electronic locks, on the other hand, have keyless convenience, so you’ll always be able to enter your home if you remember your password. You can control access to your home by giving your maintenance team or babysitter the password, and you don’t have to worry about trading keys off or making copies. Alford Safe & Lock offers six types of electronic locks, from electronic latches to smart locks.

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Lock Installation

Installing your new locks yourself can be frustrating after watching hours of tutorials to no avail. To get your lock installed effectively and efficiently by technicians who are certified and trained, call the experts at Alford Safe & Lock. We work to make sure your residence is secure, you will feel confident in your new security measures.

Your safety and the security of your rental space are top priorities, and at Alford Safe & Lock, our priorities reflect yours. We are available Monday through Saturday to make sure your rental home has top-performing locks installed by expert technicians. After you get your landlord’s approval, give us a call at 225-387-5386.

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