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How can I protect my tenants against criminal activity?

Safety should be the main priority for both tenants and landlords in Florida. Even though you may not live on the premises, it is your duty to offer your tenants a reasonable amount of security against criminal activities like assault and break-ins. Not all criminal acts are preventable, but with the right precautions, many of them can be.

You should regularly inspect all locks on the doors, windows and other entry points to your property, states Landlordology. They should be in proper working order. You should replace all necessary locks and keys when old tenants move out. Doors and windows should also be mechanically sound so tenants can use them without any issues.

Fencing and proper barriers should be installed in areas that are considered fall hazards and unsafe. For example, pool areas should be surrounded by fencing that prevents unauthorized access to anyone who does not reside in the building. The fence should also serve as a protective barrier to keep unsupervised children from accessing and falling into the pool.

Another example is installing fencing around tenant parking areas to keep criminals from accessing tenant cars and their belongings. Depending on the amount of criminal activity in the area, you may want to consider adding additional security measures like security guards, cameras and access control systems.

As a landlord, it is your duty to also provide your tenants with a structurally safe and sound place to live in. Any building problems that need correction should be taken care of as soon as humanly possible. You should also encourage your tenants and employees to stay in contact with you so they can immediately alert you to hazardous conditions that could lead to harm so you can take measures to prevent them.

Landlords who work toward keeping their properties safe for their tenants can reduce the occurrence of criminal activities that occur on and around them.

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