Can I change locks on my rental property?

Galmier Locksmiths can provide a a cost-effective solution for landlords, real estate agents and tenants who are looking into changing the locks on a rental property prior to the commencement of a new tenancy.

Provide peace-of-mind safety not only to your new tenants but also to the overall security of your home with a new lock and key solution.

Landlords changing locks

As a landlord, you strive to have your investment property occupied as much as possible in order to gain the best return on your investment. Landlords enjoy added, ongoing income through rental properties like apartments, homes, or office spaces.

In order to achieve the best return, you need to provide your tenants with a clean, safe, and secure property. It might be in your best interest to always ensure that you’re changinglocksbetween each tenancy, regardless if they are in your home for three months, six months, a year, or five years.

Changing the locks between tenants

One of the most important things a landlord and their agent must consider is the fundamental need to have the locks changed in your investment property between each tenant.

While every effort is made by a departing tenant to return all (known) keys to their estate agent, there is no guarantee that in doing so, you really are receiving all the available keys.

As tenants change and keys multiply, you can quickly lose track of numbers. The most effective way to reduce the number of keys “floating around” between old tenants, current tenants, and estate agents, is to ensure the locks and keys are changed between the end of one tenancy and before the next one begins.

This crucial step provides peace-of-mind security for:

  • The new family taking residence in your home
  • The young couple taking the next step in your apartment
  • The business owner setting up shop in your office space

While secure locks are the basis for a home’s safety, you can also enhance security with the addition of:

Can a tenant change locks?

Every rental agreement differs and you’re subject to certain specific terms, but the question of most people’s lips are Can I, as a tenant, change locks in my new rental property?

The answer is likely yes, however you will:

  1. Need to seek permission from your tenant (and this communication normally needs to go through your agent)
  2. Confirm who is responsible for the costs – and a landlord might be able to say it’s your responsibility
  3. Provide a key to your landlord and estate agent

You as a tenant can’t change the locks without permission, as a landlord – the owner of the home – has the right to access their own property at all times.

Find out why a landlord may be able to change the locks in this blog post.

Australian building codes and standards

There are strict guidelines surrounding the use of locks (in particular, deadbolts) in certain types of buildings like apartment blocks.

A qualified locksmith understands the ins and outs of these guidelines and can provide both landlords and tenants with the right solutions to ensure Australian standards are being adhered to.

Galmier Locksmiths Melbourne

Regardless if you’re a tenant or a landlord, the main goal of your home is to be a safe and comfortable haven for you and your family. Galmier is a locksmith based in Melbourne’s Bayside region serving commercial, residential, and auto clients across Melbourne’s inner east.

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Disclaimer: This page is designed to provide helpful and general information for both landlords and tenants. We understand that contracts, conditions, and agreements differ, so when in doubt, contact your real estate agent. Use the above info as helpful guidance.