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Locks (by Tom [MI]) May 20, 2024 2:24 PM
       Locks (by RichE [IL]) May 20, 2024 2:33 PM
       Locks (by WMH [NC]) May 20, 2024 2:35 PM
       Locks (by Vee [OH]) May 20, 2024 3:01 PM
       Locks (by Bonanza [NC]) May 20, 2024 4:47 PM
       Locks (by plenty [MO]) May 20, 2024 4:55 PM
       Locks (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) May 20, 2024 5:51 PM
       Locks (by Tim [CA]) May 20, 2024 8:15 PM
       Locks (by mapleaf18 [NY]) May 20, 2024 8:36 PM
       Locks (by Small potatoes [NY]) May 20, 2024 10:40 PM
       Locks (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 21, 2024 12:00 AM
       Locks (by gevans [SC]) May 21, 2024 7:34 AM
       Locks (by plenty [MO]) May 21, 2024 8:25 AM
       Locks (by zero [IN]) May 21, 2024 9:28 AM
       Locks (by John... [MI]) May 21, 2024 10:50 AM
       Locks (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 21, 2024 2:11 PM
       Locks (by Dodge [PA]) May 21, 2024 3:43 PM
       Locks (by Still Learning [NH]) May 21, 2024 4:13 PM
       Locks (by Robin [WI]) May 21, 2024 5:54 PM
       Locks (by Jason [VA]) May 21, 2024 7:45 PM
       Locks (by J [IN]) May 22, 2024 1:09 PM
       Locks (by Nicole [PA]) May 22, 2024 1:35 PM
       Locks (by zero [IN]) May 23, 2024 8:17 AM
       Locks (by Jonny [NY]) May 23, 2024 10:44 AM
       Locks (by John... [MI]) May 23, 2024 11:33 AM
       Locks (by Teresa [MO]) May 27, 2024 7:18 PM

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Locks (by Tom [MI]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 2:24 PM

Can you please suggest locks for the landlord like me who has just 3-4 properties?

I am buying a deadbolt-lock combo from Lowes for $30 at the turnover and throwing the old lock away. Is there any better / cheaper option ?

I am also not very handy person so it takes 30-40 minutes for me to change locks. I am ok to spend little extra if the lock change will be faster.

Thanks for your advice and suggestions. --64.141.xxx.xx

Locks (by RichE [IL]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 2:33 PM


Solves the lock problem completely. --193.42.x.xx

Locks (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 2:35 PM

Another vote for Landlord Locks. Solves the problem you have, and tenants can't lock themselves out either, so a twofer. --173.28.xx.xxx

Locks (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 3:01 PM

Just install the deadbolt, only the boyfriend can lock you out. Most of the box store locks are plastic inside, another vote to landlord locks, sometimes they can get you setup during the convention if you get your request in early.


Locks (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 4:47 PM

Another vote for Landlord locks. I get a passage knob and I get a single throw deadbolt. I used to get locking knobs but found tenants would lock themselves out. I use the locking knobs for an exterior door without a deadbolt like exterior hotwater heater area or a laundry area attached to a carport.

Arrow RK01 BD Passage Knob 2 3/8" - 60mm

Stanley QDB281 626 2 3/8" - 60mm

the advantage of using these locks is you can use the control key to remove the "guts" of the lock, put in another cylinder, and thus change the locks on the unit without changing out the door knobs themselves.

If you have 4 units, I'd change them over when the tenant leaves or if you are excited about it tell them the handy man will be over this weekend to change the locks. Boom done!

If you get an extra set of cylinders you would swap them out when the tenant leaves.

You will have a master key that opens all the units no matter what set you place on the house.

House 1 - Set 1

House 2 - Set 2

House 3 - Set 3

House 4 - Set 4

House 2 leaves keep set 2 but put in set 5 cylinders.

House 4 leaves Keep set 4 but put in set 2 cylinders.

House 1 leaves keep set 1 but put in set 4 cylinders.




Locks (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 4:55 PM

I agree with the above. Currently I'm using rekey able locks Kwik set from Lowes. I buy the deadbolt only and use a non locking, non keyed bottom handset in matching metal. I no longer have to change anything! Just rekey the deadbolt with new keys (that I have collected over time) and all locks for that house match. They have a life span 10-15:years where the locks mentioned above would last forever. --172.59.xxx.xxx

Locks (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 5:51 PM

Better to Grade one or Grade 2 like commercial dead bolt lock then install a passage lock so tenants can not lock themselves. Then take the locks to a locksmith to be mastered keyed.When a tenant moves out then locksmith can rekey as cost is less if lock is brought to lock smith. Never cheap out on locks where grade 3 domestic grade are easy to break into along with are not fire rated where commercial grade have the UL label. Having a passage lock so key must used to lock deadbolt where the tenant will never lock themselves out. No electronics simple and reliable, --207.236.xxx.xxx

Locks (by Tim [CA]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 8:15 PM

For just a few dollars more than you're currently spending for your locks, you could buy Kwikset Smart-key locksets that allow you to change the key in 15 seconds. Google them or check them out at all the big box hardware stores. --73.2.xx.xx

Locks (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 8:36 PM

Currently testing Defiant Castle Satin Nickel Compact Touch Electronic Single Cylinder Deadbolt number pad lock on the vacancy. So far so good. We have a lot of turnover on this one particular unit so rekeying every time on a conventional lock just isn't worth it. --64.246.xxx.xx

Locks (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 10:40 PM

Like Tim smartkey --172.59.xxx.xxx

Locks (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 12:00 AM


If I had ONE house I'd use landlordlocks.com's iCore deadbolts.

Sturdier locks that last forever, harder to pick, I can change cylinders between residents in just seconds. No locksmith or workbench time needed to rekey.

YOu wil spend more replaing store brands than the cost of iCore.

Extra keys are an email away and ALWAYS work so we don't even need to test replacement keys.

When she wants to change locks to feel more secure when her abusive boyfriend left but still has a key, seconds to change, always a few spare cylinders in the truck.

No Kwikset Smartkey for me because the resident can change the lock as easily as the LL, locking the LL out of their own property. We must stay in control fo our properties. Sometimes people skip out without leaving their keys so I'd have to drill out (destroy) a Smartkey lock just to get into my own prop. Then buy another one to replace it. More work and more expense.

I'm in the for FREEDOM!!! not to chase down keys and replace flimsy store locks.



Locks (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 7:34 AM

What Brad said... Landlord Locks and icore.


Locks (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 8:25 AM

I've never had a resident rekey my smart locks. And I don't need any tools like to fuse with changing out any parts. I have had tenants and those with LL locks have too, where the tenant removes the entire lock set and tossed it and replaced with standard cheaper locks. That expensive cones of their deposit as damage. Anyway for my small number of properties, my skills, my convenience I'm sticking with Kwik set relatable locks.


Locks (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 9:28 AM

I have witnessed Kwikset Smart locks fail. I do not like them at all. When they fail it usually means you have to destroy them.

I still use Kwikset entry locks. I always carry a spare set in my truck for emergency changes. I swap them out at every turnover and keep the keys and locks together for the next place.

With four units you could do this easily as mentioned above. Unless they are all in the same building or on the same block.

I also used to rekey and master key all the locks so I could gain access more easily. Now I just grab the key for that set of locks (all coded, no addresses).

Have had a few lock-out calls. I need to make the switch to deadbolt only. Just lazy and haven't done it. I have so many locks sitting in a tote I should never run out.

At the last con I talked a lot with Landlord Locks. I was almost there but for now swapping locks takes nearly no time, I have a lot of spares and I do not have turnovers as much as I used to. They will definitely save time and headache. If removing two screws is beyond what you want to do then go with the I-Cores. Buy once cry once. --107.147.xx.xx

Locks (by John... [MI]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 10:50 AM

Also not a Kwikset Smart-key fan here. I think the quality is just "ok" and, as said above, the tenant can rekey them just as easily as you with a $5 kit.

Landlord locks for me. The only thing I wish I did differently was that the i-Core stuff was brand new when I started with them and no one here had mentioned them, so I went with their standard stuff. It's fine, but I wish I had known about the bought the i-Core from the start.


Locks (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 2:11 PM

plenty made a great point about residents changing their locks.

When you buy the iCore locks, specify TRAP (Tenant Resistant Apparatus) Screws with a security head. They need a special screwdriver tip to remove.

Also we crimp the threads so they are hard runners and don't wiggle loose.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx

Locks (by Dodge [PA]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 3:43 PM

Another vote for landlord locks. Just make sure to test the keys (including masters) before you need to use them. --174.192.xxx.xxx

Locks (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 4:13 PM

Landlord locks and agree with Dodge (PA). I keep extras and order extra keys. They can be glitchy and I had a small learning curve installing my first one but overall I love them. On my multi with a common entrance door I use a code system. Interior doors have landlord lock deadbolt and passage knob. You canít lock yourself out. Changing both is simple. --73.159.xxx.xx

Locks (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 5:54 PM

I also use LL locks. I had one of their locking knobs on a garage service door in a (ahem) less-desirable part of town. Someone tried to force their way in by grabbing the knob with a large pair of pliers. They broke the lock--but still couldn't get in! There must have been $10K worth of tools inside. Definitely worth the investment! --104.230.xxx.xxx

Locks (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: May 21, 2024 7:45 PM

I used to love the smartkey locks, but Iíve had to replace 3 this year alone. Iím still using them, but changing over to passage knobs where I can. --73.147.xxx.xx

Locks (by J [IN]) Posted on: May 22, 2024 1:09 PM

Landlord locks icore. I use both of their systems but the icore with the versatility of being able to use it on different styles of locks and padlocks is great. It works on rim cyl and those old style deadbolt locks. The cores are easy to carry. --174.239.xxx.xxx

Locks (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: May 22, 2024 1:35 PM

I have a master key system through a local locksmith. I have one key that opens every door and padlock I own. --98.237.xxx.xx

Locks (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 23, 2024 8:17 AM

Hey J!

You can continue trying to convince me to go with I-core at the convention. --107.147.xx.xx

Locks (by Jonny [NY]) Posted on: May 23, 2024 10:44 AM

I've been using the Kwikset smartkeys. I'm thinking about changing out the handle to no key if there is a deadbolt but not sure yet... seems that this is the year so far that tenants are locking themselves out of their apartments.

Another option is to get the same (kwikset smartkey) but with the coded pads... then you just give them their own code. when they leave, you just delete that code and give the new tenant a new code... no lock changes, not lockouts. --69.201.xx.xxx

Locks (by John... [MI]) Posted on: May 23, 2024 11:33 AM

When I was brand new, I installed Landlord locks at each rental -- including a deadbolt and lockable handles (where they just twist the thing to lock it). It was just "normal" to me and what I had in my house.

By my SECOND year as a landlord, I had replaced all of those turn-to-lock handles with blank passage knobs. WAY too many lock-outs.

They can't lock themselves out with a deadbolt unless they lose their key.

Made a huge difference, so that is how I do all new ones: deadbolt with non-locking passage knob. --107.181.xxx.x

Locks (by Teresa [MO]) Posted on: May 27, 2024 7:18 PM

Quikset Smart Key works for us. --64.85.xxx.xxx

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