How the rise in house shares is effecting home security

Over 10 million Brits now live in rented accommodation from private landlords. This has roughly doubled since 2000 and is continuing to grow.

Millenials are one group who are helping the rental market expand as they find difficulty in affording house prices, enjoy the shorter tenancies and convenience of moving around and don’t feel the same need for a ‘forever home’ as their parents. This, has seen a growth in shared-living spaces and short-term rental properties. However, sharing living spaces with relative strangers can have its consequences, and as a result we are seeing a significant shift in how home security is viewed.

Out with the old
With the increase in flat shares, apartments and AirBnB type accomodation, the traditional door lock is quickly becoming outdated. Increasingly landlords and property owners view the key as a greater security risk because of having numerous sets of keys that can be easily lost, stolen or duplicated.

Now more than ever, people are looking to invest in smart locks. These allow landlords to set PINcodes for individuals, as well as see who is coming and going into the property for added peace of mind. As tenancies change hands on a regular basis, it is much easier to withdraw a PINcode than track down a key – it is also cheaper too!

Interior locks becoming more common
With more people than ever moving in and out, property shares tend to have locks on individual rooms also to protect individuals belongings and valuables. What’s more, home safes are seeing an increase in demand to keep smaller, more expensive items secure and out of sight.

Future for home security
Dezeen magazine has observed, “major cities such as London are in the midst of a co-living boom. This has prompted the design and construction of “a cross between student housing and hotels” on a huge scale.

Home security will become increasingly similar to commercial systems because housing becomes more of a service, with landlords and flexible short-term contracts. Access control systems, CCTV and private security cupboards and safes are all likely to play an increasingly central role in home security. As private tenants discover more about the requirements of UK renters, the future of co-living will need to incorporate these systems on an industrial scale.”

*The Telegraph