What security devices do landlords have to install?

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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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Categories: Property Management, Landlords, Renters
Tags: landlord, property management, property manager, rental, tenant


Naomi Giroux on 02/03/2016

Is this required for short term rentals as well?

Grace Turner on 01/15/2016

That is great that a landlord is required to provide that all doors have a pin lock and a handle latch. When I go out looking for a home in the future I’m going to remember this and check that all listed things are provided. Do landlords need to provide these things out of their own pocket or do they add the cost to the price of the house? Thank you for helping me know what to look for when I go house shopping.

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