How to Know if Your Rental Meets Safety Standards

As the owner of a rental property, keeping up with your state’s standards for home safety is crucial. These standards are in place for a reason, and they help keep both your tenants and your property safe. 

Safety Must-Haves for Rental Properties

Not sure what features your rental property needs for optimal safety? Here are a few common examples. You can combine these and other safety features into a checklist to review between tenants or during routine mid-lease inspections. 

Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be life-saving in the event of a fire or gas leak. That’s why both should be present on your rental property. Research local laws to learn about where in the house these detectors should be installed. 

GFI Outlets

GFI or ground fault interrupting outlets help prevent electrical fires and should be installed throughout the home. If your rental property lacks GFI outlets, insurance may not cover damage in the event of an electrical fire.

Safe Stairways, Walkways, and Railings

Regularly checking the safety of your rental home’s stairways, railings, and walkways is crucial. If these features are unsafe, it could put your tenants at serious risk of injury. 

Working Locks

You are responsible as a landlord to provide secure, safe housing for your renters. If the locks on your rental property are not in working order, you could be liable in the event of a break-in. 


Part of providing safe housing is keeping your rental property sanitary. While this is partially the responsibility of your current tenants, you must also help prevent pest infestations with regular maintenance. 

Trust Reliable Property Management for Rental Support

Property management is the best way to ensure a safe environment for your tenants. Call Reliable Property Management at (443) 869-3799 to learn more.