Choosing the right lock for your property is a big decision. Choose wisely and you save yourself precious time, choose poorly and you will repeatedly waste valuable time looking for lost keys, delivering and collecting keys or contacting the locksmith … again.
We like landlords, in fact many of our favourite customers are landlords, so read on and we’ll share our wisdom with you to help you find the perfect access control option for your property.
Open the door to more tenants
Property letting specialist Lifestyle Serviced Apartments (LSA), took on a small number of serviced apartments in Southend-on-Sea. The rooms at Estuary House are let out to tourists and the corporate market, with lets lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
LSA wanted to find an access control solution that would secure the properties without hindering the check-in process for guests. “Initially, we looked at solutions from Yale, but when we hired a company to help install the locks, they recommended we take a closer look at Codelocks,” explained David Diack, director of Lifestyle Serviced Apartments.
A smart time saving solution
LSA installed a total of 10 locks on site. The CL2000 electronic lock was installed on the main entrance. It was easy to install and provides simple coded access control for all residents while allowing them to exit freely.
CL4510 smart locks were fitted on each of the apartment doors. The CL4510 combines smart technology with traditional keypad and card access options and was chosen by LSA for its ability to generate unique access codes remotely. When a customer rents an apartment, the LSA team can remotely issue a time sensitive code for the requested room. Codes can be set for any desired period and are disposable, expiring once the customer checks out of the property.
Thanks to Codelocks’ NetCode technology, the locks offer ultimate flexibility, giving LSA new levels of convenient access control without compromising on security. The locks can be operated and managed from any location by downloading K3 Connect App*.
Using the Codelocks Application Programming Interface (API), property managers, landlords and rental owners can integrate smart locks with their own online booking systems, fully automating the check-in process.
Happy staff, happy customers
The CL4510 can be programmed to use four-, five- or six-digit codes. LSA opted to use four digits, so that guests could easily memorise their code, but longer codes are available where even greater levels of reassurance are required.
In addition to coded access, CL4510 can also be opened using smartcards. LSA says that this capability adds an extra layer of convenience for both its customers and staff, “We have a few long-term guests, so rather than provide them with a code, we give them each a smartcard, which makes access more convenient. Our cleaning team also use the cards.”
Administrative time and costs are kept to a minimum as codes do not need to be manually updated and there are no keys to manage. The CL4510’s Audit Trail capability allows LSA to monitor guest activity, ensuring that customers safely arrive and check-out on the agreed date. It is also a valuable way to monitor maintenance and service staff and contractors, providing a record of who is on site, when and for how long.
First-class products, first-class support
Quality products from Codelocks are a given and so is our customer service. Our team can:
- Help you choose the right lock before you buy
- Advise on installation and programming set up
- Provide support and advice to owners of Codelocks products
- Arrange to fix or replace a faulty lock or refund an unwanted lock.
We are pleased to say that Mr Diack agrees: “The Codelocks team were always very quick to respond. After our first phone call, we had someone on site within 24 hours,” Mr Diack said. “They’re really professional. If you need help, you can just pick up the phone. They know what they’re talking about and rather than try to rush you, they’re happy to spend time making sure that all of your questions have been answered. It has definitely been worth the investment and we will certainly use Codelocks again in our future serviced apartments.”
Convenience is key
If you prefer to get some advice from a real person, our UK-based team have detailed knowledge of all of our products and are ready to give you as much support as you need. Simply tell us what you need the lock for and about any ‘must have’ features that you’re looking for. Our team can talk you through the best options, help you consider the right features and identify the right lock for you.
So, no need to spend hours on the internet comparing locks or continue to waste time hunting for lost keys, a call to Codelocks will save you valuable time now and in the long run.
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