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Why It’s Important to Re-Key Your Rental Property After a Move-Out

Key master installs the core for the door lock, assembly work with the door, the core with the keys. Changing locks following a tenant’s move-out is essential for several factors, such as property security, protecting the privacy and safety of new tenants, keeping the property management process professional and reliable, and reducing the property owner’s liability. This provides a safe and secure living environment for the property owner and the new tenants, a new set of keys, and peace of mind. Re-keying your rental property also reduces legal trouble. This makes handling your rental property more secure and responsible.

Property Security

Irrespective of whether your property is inhabited or not, landlords should prioritize security. There is always a risk that tenants may still have duplicate keys when they move out. By re-keying the property, you can be assured that only authorized individuals will have access to the property. Even temporarily vacant properties can become targets for criminal mischief and burglary. To keep your property secure and safe from lawbreakers, you need to control who can get in and when. This can be made easy by re-keying your property’s exterior doors as soon as a tenant moves out.

Renter Safety

Unreturned keys become an even bigger problem for your future tenants. Renters want a sense of security in their rental properties. But if previous renters still have a key to the property, that feeling of security may be unwarranted. You could be held liable for any damage or injury that occurs in the home because a previous occupant or someone to whom they gave a key gained access. You will also lose the trust of your renters, which could result in canceled leases and costly turnover. Re-keying the locks is essential to ensure renter safety.

Increased Appeal

Even though the cost of re-keying the locks between renters may deter you, you can utilize it as an advantage for your property. If a prospective renter is concerned about security, you can ease their worries by guaranteeing their locks have been re-keyed. This may lead them to pick your property over similar rentals in the area. If you can increase demand for your property in this manner, you can charge a slightly higher rent and quickly recoup the cost of having the locks re-keyed.

Hire a Professional

You may be able to re-key the locks on your rental property if you are handy with tools. It’s not too challenging, but you will need background knowledge. Also, re-keying the locks is less costly than replacing a new lock, knob, or deadbolt.


However, if quality work is essential, consider hiring a professional to do the task. A professional locksmith will be able to accomplish the operation quickly and with greater certainty that the re-key was done correctly. What matters most is getting it right and providing the new tenant with a fresh set of keys.

Alternatives to Re-Keying

Nowadays, landlords are looking for other methods to safeguard their property and renters. Other landlords find it more cost-effective to implement an electronic keypad or smart key solution than re-keying the locks each time a renter moves out. For illustration, implementing a keyless entry system that uses a password instead of keys could eliminate the need for re-keying your house again. Even more modern keyless entry systems can only be accessed with an app on a smartphone. Although these methods are more costly initially, the key code or smart key tool can be easily updated by the owner. A keyless entry system could result in significant savings over time.


When renters vacate, property owners may be left with a number of tasks. The experts at Real Property Management Capital Region can take care of everything for you. Our local property managers are excellent at taking care of everything that needs to be done when renters move out, and they can also locate you a great new renter! For more information, contact us online or call us at 518-290-1448.

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