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It’s important to care for the safety and security of your tenants. This is true not just for legal liability reasons, but also because the fact is that tenants will not be interested in renting if the property is unsafe, or if a property owner is known to be stingy or uncaring.

Last month, we talked about some things that homeowners can do to prevent burglary. These are absolutely essential for rental properties, since things like having sturdy locks and adequate exterior lighting can do a lot to keep tenants secure and feeling safe.

In addition to those suggestions, you might consider having a professional home inspector take a look at your rental property to see what can be done proactively to prevent safety issues. In the meantime, you might do a simple walkthrough of your property to look for things like overgrown trees and roots, uneven walkways, blocked stairways, or exposed electrical wiring.

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