What security devices do landlords have to install?
12/29/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff
I bought a second home to rent out as an investment property. What locks am I required to install on the property as a landlord?
Texas law requires that most rental properties have certain security devices in place on the windows and exterior doors while a tenant is occupying the property under a lease.
In your situation, you should make sure that …
- Each exterior window has a window latch;
- Each exterior sliding glass door has a pin lock, and a handle latch or security bar; and
- Each exterior door—including a door between a living area and a garage, but not a sliding glass door or screen door—has three things:
- a doorknob lock or keyed deadbolt;
- a keyless bolting device; and
- a door viewer.
These devices must be installed at your expense before you have a tenant.
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