Rekey Your Rental Vacancy Between Tenants

Property Manager with HomePointe Property Management, CRMC 00691121

At HomePointe Property Management in Sacramento, we suggest every vacancy be rekeyed between every tenant.  There are a couple of reasons for this.

The number one reason is to provide a secure home for your new tenant.  There is no sure way to know if the past tenant kept a key, gave a copy to someone, or lost one.  Even if you got back every key you originally gave them, who knows if there is a key out there that the past tenant made.

The bad news would be if there is an unforced breakin shortly after the new tenant moves in.  If you are accused of not providing your due diligence, you can go a long way to get out of a claim by showing that the locks were changed between tenants.

So the second reason for rekeying is to protect yourself from a lawsuit!

Rekeying does not mean buying all new locks.  You could keep some extra locks and swap them out each time a tenant vacates, or have your locksmith change the keys out by changing the pins. 

Do not try to save $50-100.00.  You do not want to be held partially responsible for a breakin.

Posted by

Robert A. Machado, CPM, MPM

HomePointe Property Management

Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, and Placer Counties

We manage residential and commercial property.

916-429-1205 x 105


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
Landlord Issues
National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM®)
Property Management
Property Managers
rekeying locks

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Richard Dolbeare, R(B)
eXp Realty - Wailuku, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Hi Robert.  You make an excellent point that I think is often overlooked.  Kwikset now makes a lock that can be rekeyed just by inserting a new key.  It costs a little more but saves a lot overall.

Feb 24, 2010 03:42 PM #1
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


I totally agree. It's just not worth the risk in this day and age. We used to just change the lock sets out as a quick way to get the job done.


Feb 24, 2010 03:48 PM #2
Tony Seep


Your analysis is dead-on. Rekeying between tenants is an absolute necessity. Keying systems that include restricted user keys is another component of keyed security that property management professionals might want to consider. It isn't just 'previous' tenant keys that can be copied. Operating keyways that can be easily duplicated pose the same threat, regardless of whether or not there has been a tenant transition. 

Tony - Denver

Feb 25, 2010 04:31 AM #3
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Robert Machado

CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management
Ask me a question

Additional Information