Apartment Safety Tips That Every Renter MUST Read

November 7th, 2017

Safety and security must be your number one concern when renting an apartment. You shouldn’t compromise it for the sake of style, comfort and amenities. If it’s your first time to rent an apartment, here are few safety tips and advice that you must know.

Key Lock Safety

Before signing the rental agreement:

Check all the cabinets for possible holes, cracks and damages. This is also a good way to see if there are any pests or rodents around the place.

Check all the plumbing and faucets for water leaks and problems in water pressure.

Check all electrical sockets and switches making sure they aren’t broken or loose.

On move-in day:

Check the smoke alarms and see if they are still in good condition.

Check possible fire hazards around and fix them immediately.

Have an emergency kit at hand for possible accidents that may occur during the day.

While living in the apartment:

Check out the fire extinguisher and see if it’s up-to-date and in good condition.

Don’t use or place flammable objects near fireplaces, space heaters or gas stoves.

If you are living on the higher floor, place a collapsible ladder near emergency exit window.

If you are renting alone:

Invest in good security system such as CCTVs, alarms and security bars.

Check possible entry point (easy to open or broken windows/doors) for would be burglars and fix them ASAP.

Close curtains if you are not home.

Don’t make it obvious that you are living alone.

These tips and advice can surely make your apartment life safer and more secure.

27 responses to “Apartment Safety Tips That Every Renter MUST Read”

  1. Liz says:

    Ha … my former apt. building only let me in the apt. once before I moved in. Even then, that wasn’t policy, but the person who was currently living there said it was fine. Oh well.

  2. Rich says:

    Having a thorough inspection is a great place to start. Avoids any wrangling to get things fixed or fines later.

  3. Tara Pittman says:

    It is always good to take a walk through the apartment before signing the lease. That way things can be documented so you dont get blamed

  4. Great tips! Safety is definitely important these days. There are a lot of crazy people in the world…

  5. Tonia says:

    A good security system is definitely a must. Closed curtains are important too. Too many people have all their valuables on display.

  6. This is such great advice for those who have never lived in an apartment before. Keeping your apartment safe and secure is so important and making sure you have the means to do so is important when choosing an apartment.

  7. Claudia Krusch says:

    It is always a good idea to walk around with the landlord before you move in. Write down all the little things you see and have landlord initial it.

  8. Kelly Reci says:

    Also, make sure to research the area. Check if it’s near the Hospitals and Schools if you have kids. And if you move in try to meet with your neighbors, try walking around and check the surroundings.

  9. Gladys parker says:

    Those are great tips most of which should be used by all apartment dwellers not just those first time renters. Every decade the safety hazards, especially the criminal related ones, rise in percentage. I hope some took this post to heart and are safer for it.

  10. Akamatra says:

    This list is a must read for every renter out there. Thankfully I am an owner for some years now!

  11. Becki says:

    One of my favorite stories is when I was renting alone, and gave my cats ‘girl’ names so my answering machine made it sound like a busy place. “Gloria, Audrey, and Becki aren’t available now. Please leave a message!” LOL

  12. Meg says:

    Getting a new key is so important! So many property owners hand over the old key that the old tenant (or past tenants have). Spooky!

  13. Gingermommy says:

    This is a must read list for every renter. This is amazing advice.

  14. Cindy Gordon says:

    It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Always keep yourself protected especially when living alone.

  15. My Teen Guide says:

    Great advice for renters! Fire and smoke alarms would be the first thing I would check. A CCTV is a must if living alone. That would give you some peace of mind.

  16. Natalia says:

    Safety comes first! And these are great tips to keep everyone safe and should not be ignored!

  17. This is such a great list for anyone who rents! I am grateful to be a home owner, but I’ll be passing this along to friends and family.

  18. I remember when we lived in an apartment and these would have been awesome tips to have. We were smart enough to be sure we took as many security measures as possible.

  19. Louise Smith says:

    Agree with all of these. I also keep a spare key in an old white sock at the side of my bed, so if there’s a fire in the middle of the night I can throw the key through the window to the fire rescue services. The white sock is easy for them to see in the dark.


  20. Sabrina Fox says:

    I just rented an apartment, and didn’t do any of these! I came in blind. Most of it looks good, I just need to get a fan for the stove. 🙂 A ladder by the exit is a good idea too just in case.

  21. Bernadette Callahan says:

    Definitely a good walk through upon moving in. Sometimes people leave things accidentally and occasionally will leave a mess of some kind just to do so.
    And a good security system or good lock options are a must, even if you arent renting alone.

  22. Blair villanueva says:

    Thanks for your tips.
    These are very helpful, and to minimize the trouble on finding an apartment.

  23. Anna says:

    These are very helpful, I used to lived in an apartment before and I never knew about this. Thank you for sharing.

  24. These are definitely some great tips to consider when you’re looking to rent an apartment. I think everyone should check this out before going to look at an apartment.

  25. Em-Em says:

    Practical tips but mostly we tend forget checking on small details. I think it’s also important to check the area, the kind of neighborhood you are getting yourself into.

  26. Elizabeth O says:

    These are great tips on renting an apartment. You made a good point but I also check if it’s nearest to the market, hospital, and church. and I think the most important is to change your doorknob and have an extra door lock.

  27. Julie Syl says:

    Those who are living in an apartment must educate themselves and try these tips. It is being wise and practical because nowadays, we can’t say who we are going to give our trust.

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