You have signed the lease at your new abode. The major issues and concerns regarding your new rental has been addressed, but what about the other questions that are not standard procedure or stated on the lease policy? You are sure to have certain move-in questions now that you are moving in to your new home - questions that you hadn’t though of before up until now.
When you rent or buy a home, there is often a never-ending list of checklists on your mind - rent price, moving logistics, renovation, decorating, unpacking,buying new furniture, mortgage payments - the list can be so overwhelming that you forget to address other less talked about issues or things deemed “less important”.
Don’t stress, because this happens to all of us. You can’t really know all the ins and outs and what you want and need until you have gone through some trial runs in our new place. Renters have a lot of uncertainties when it comes to how best to navigate a round renting and landlord issues - rest assured - you are not alone and we have just the thing here to help you.
We found that there were a list of questions that renters and home buyers always have, but never really have the answers for. Here are our answers to the most common questions you may be asking yourself after you have moved into your new rental.
Have the locks been changed? If not, should I change the locks?
Security is the number one concern when you first move into a new home, whether you are renting or buying. If you are a renter, you should know that most landlords will usually have spare copies of the keys as backup (in case of emergencies).If you are b buyer, the seller (previous owner) will mot definitely have a set of keys or even spare sets that they have given to trusted neighbours, family members, friends, contractors, decorators, and helpers. The idea of a bunch of strangers having quick and easy access to your home can be very uneasy.Personally, I would not want to have anyone entering my home without my permission, and just the thought of someone having the ability breach the security in my home (even if they don’t actively do so) is terrifying enough.
It’s absolutely normal to be nervous at the thought of a previous renter or even your landlord having a copy of your keys,especially if you are a person of high vigilance. But the question is this; as a renter, are you allowed to change the locks at your own discretion? In some places, and under some policies, tenants are not allowed to change the locks without the landlord’s permission. There a son being that the landlord needs to have a set of keys for access in cases of emergency, like if you accidentally lock yourself out, leave the stove top burning, have a gas leak or a flooded apartment from a burst water pipe. There are two sides to looking at it. One the one hand, you can feel safe in knowing that if you were to ever be away from the home and need someone to take care of an emergency matter, the person-in-charged can enter and take care of business for you. On the other hand - the more cautionary side - you may find yourself facing questions like, “Can I trust my landlord or seller?”, “What if the keys fall in to the wrong hands and I become the naive victim of a home burglary?”.
There really is no simple answer to this issue because it is highly subjective. It is based on your own personal feelings about your landlord, seller, and your own preconceived notions and opinions of what it means to feel safe. While security for some people means simply locking the front door upon leaving the home, for others, it could mean barricading all the doors and windows shut with the help of high-tech security systems.
As a renter, you can ask for the locks to be changed before moving in or you can ask permission to change the locks yourself (if you trust no one buy yourself).You need to talk to your landlord about what he or she is willing and unwilling to comply with. It is all very situational. If you plan ahead, you can discuss these issues before the lease is signed. But if you have signed the lease already, look over your lease carefully to see if there are any specific clauses in there about new locks on your doors. If you still can’t figure it out or aren’t sure, then ask! It’s much smarter and efficient to talk to your landlord face to face and discuss these necessary concerns. After all, it does have to do with home security and we all want to feel safe and at ease in our own residence.
If you are a buyer who has just taken over the title of the property, it is entirely up to you. You may be afraid that extra copies of your home keys are floating around in different hands. if you want to either change the locks completely or rekey the locks. Option one is more expensive, invasive and complicated because you will have to overhaul the entire system to replace it with another model. This is the option for you if you don’t feel the current locks are up to your standard or you just want to upgrade to a stronger, more secured system. The latter option of rekeying is for people who don’t want to go through the trouble of changing the entire lock. By rekeying, you simply change the lock so that it can only be operated by another key.