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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?