Renter's Guide: Safety and Security
You Cannot Put a Price on Your Safety
When considering a place to rent, make sure you're aware of what your area/facility/building offers.
- Is the main building entrance door sturdy and locked, and is there an intercom or doorbell for guest access?
- Is there a private mailbox (preferably lockable) for each apartment?
- Is the building number visible and readable from street?
- Is the exterior lighting sufficient?
- Does the building have a security system?
- Does the building have a fire escape? If not, where is the nearest emergency exit?
- Are there two emergency exits to the street? Are they kept clear and do they open outward without a key?
- Is emergency lighting provided?
- Are the hallways well lit?
- If it's a multi-unit building, are there fire extinguishers available and identified on each floor?
- Are there handrails on all stairs?
- Is the apartment door in good condition? Does it have a deadbolt lock and/or a security chain?
- Are there smoke detectors in each sleeping room of the apartment?
- Are the windows unbroken, functioning and lockable, especially on lower floors? (Bars or other security features are recommended for ground floor windows).
- Are screens provided?
- Does each bedroom have a minimum of one functioning exterior window?
- Is there a fire extinguisher near the kitchen?
- Are electrical outlets in bathroom and kitchen GFCI type?
- Is the heating system in good functional condition?