We’re often asked about the requirements for installing alarm or CCTV systems into rental properties. Do you need the landlord’s consent?

The short answer is yes, and the consent must be in writing before we begin work. If you are renting and want the peace of mind of having an alarm and/or security system, here’s what you need to know.

First, contact your landlord or property manager, and tell them you would like to install a security system. The landlord must agree, as the work will involve fitting devices to the house, running cables in the cavities, drilling a small number of holes through walls and ceilings, and in some instances where necessary, the cables will need to run inside capping or conduit which will be visible on interior or exterior walls. Where capping or conduit is used, we will ensure it’s kept to a minimum.

The next step to consider is ownership of the system. If the landlord pays for it, then the system becomes his/her property, and stays with the house after you move out.

Tenants will need to clarify who is to pay for the system, and ownership of it, with the landlord. This agreement must be in writing and signed, and provided to Tiger Security before we commence work.

In our experience landlords are quite open to having a security system installed, because they have an interest in seeing the tenant stay for as long as possible.

If you are a renter or landlord, and would like to know more, please contact us.