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    Best ways to allow tradesmen access (in between tenancies)

    Hi,

    In between tenancies I often have to let people into my property. Gardeners, cleaners, plumbers decorators etc etc.

    Currently I leave a key secreted in the garden with instructions on how to find it. It's worked so far, but obviously its not very secure. I was thinking of putting the keys in a key press like this one....
    http://www.diy.com/departments/maste.../755445_BQ.prd

    Another alternative might be fit a burglar alarm that comes with a door release mechanism, so a visitor can be given a 4 digit code, which they type into a keypad and the door swings open. This could perhaps also be used when a tenant moves in, so instead of giving them door key I just give them an access code - it would also mean I no longer have to change locks when they leave.

    I can't be the only landlord to have encountered this issue, anyone got any other suggestions?

    #2
    I assume you don't live close enough to the property to simply pop over and let them in?

    My mother has one of those key-safe devices fitted so that carers can get in and it has worked well. I would remove the key during tenancies though.

    I wouldn't recommend a burglar alarm as they end up being more of a liability than an asset in my experience

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      #3
      I have often left keys with my local agent, and tradesmen have picked the keys up from there.

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        #4
        Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
        I assume you don't live close enough to the property to simply pop over and let them in?
        I don't live that far away, but even then I do have a full time job and taking time off is a bit annoying - either the tradesman or myself always ends up waiting 5-10 minutes for the other.

        Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
        I would remove the key during tenancies though.
        That was the plan.

        Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
        I wouldn't recommend a burglar alarm as they end up being more of a liability than an asset in my experience
        yeah - I don't trust gadgets and electronics myself. But I was thinking it could be supplied 'as is' - so if it works, great, if it doesn't too bad! If it comes with an electric door strike like this...https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Images/...ze_3/DE204.JPG then it has the advantage that if alarm breaks, the normal key can still open it.

        I have often left keys with my local agent, and tradesmen have picked the keys up from there.
        That can work, but even then it can add ten minutes to the tradesmans time - which he'll charge you for.

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          #5
          Originally posted by GrumpyGit View Post
          yeah - I don't trust gadgets and electronics myself. But I was thinking it could be supplied 'as is' - so if it works, great, if it doesn't too bad! If it comes with an electric door strike like this...https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Images/...ze_3/DE204.JPG then it has the advantage that if alarm breaks, the normal key can still open it.
          You may still end up with phone calls from irate neighbours or the police that the alarm is sounding and no one is at the property.

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            #6
            interesting question, and a problem I have had but never got around to doing something about.

            Im going to have a look on the net now, but a quick goooooogle found this > https://www.smartlock.co.uk/products...nt=27438486979

            Expensive, but also removes all the worries about lost keys, changing locks between tenants, etc

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              #7
              Just fit an analog key pad external door lock.

              eg https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&...l_48s7v3bde6_b

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                #8
                Thanks for the suggestions - I do like the idea of the various smart-locks. But they are all very expensive, I think for the moment I will stick with a little metal box for locking the keys in, there are several varieties available for £20-£30. I like the observation by rfph1 that a smart lock makes it so much easier to secure the property when a tenant moves out - no more need to change a lock.

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