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Wed 10 Jul 2024

Eight Things to Consider if a Tenant Abandons Your Rental

With the excitement of the summer holiday season upon us, making sure your home is safe and secure while you’re away sunning yourself needs to be on your to-do list.

Here are six practical tips to give you peace of mind and keep your property safe during your well-earned break.

1)      Install a security system

Investing in a reliable home security system is one of the most effective ways to deter burglars at any time of the year. Modern systems often include features like motion detectors, alarms and security cameras. Many can be monitored remotely via smartphone apps, allowing you to watch your home from anywhere in the world – including your sun lounger.

2)   Keep it low-key on social media

As tempting as it is to share your holiday plans and updates on social media, it’s best to wait until you’re back to post those stunning beach photos and family memories. Broadcasting your home is empty is an open invitation to potential burglars. Ensure your privacy settings are tight and avoid revealing specific dates of your time away.

3)   Arrange for regular visits

Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative to check on your home periodically. This can include collecting mail, watering plants and generally making the house look lived-in. An overflowing mailbox is a clear sign that the house is empty, so regular visits every two to three days can help maintain the illusion of occupancy.

4)   Use timers on lights and electronics

Setting timers on lights, radios and televisions can make it appear like someone is home. Many smart home devices allow you to control these elements remotely, even from hundreds of miles away. This activity can be a significant deterrent to anyone monitoring your property.

5)   Secure doors and windows

Before leaving, double-check that all doors and windows are securely locked. Add it to your pre-holiday last-minute checklist, along with flight tickets and passports. Don’t forget to lock outdoor buildings such as sheds and garages, as these can be prime targets for thieves.

6)   Maintain your garden

An overgrown garden can signal to burglars that no one is home. Arrange for a gardener to mow the lawn and trim hedges if you go away for an extended period (more than a fortnight). Additionally, ensure any garden tools and ladders are stored away securely, as these can be used to gain entry to your home.

These simple steps allow you to enjoy a relaxing summer holiday, knowing your home is well-protected.

We hope you have a fabulous time wherever you spend your summer holiday this year.