Whether you own a single-family home or an entire residential condo building, privacy and safety are major concerns. If you own the latter, however, you know that a multi-family home or condo building has different security needs than a single-family house.
Just take a look at the number of keys you need to maintain. If you’re a homeowner, it’s rare to own more than a handful of keys. If you’re a landlord, however, you’ll need at least a few dozen—one for each of the units in your building.
As you can imagine, managing dozens of keys is not an easy task, especially when keys have a propensity for being misplaced. Luckily, there is a better option than lugging around a key ring: a master key.
What is a Master Key?
A typical door has a cylinder lock, where pairs of pins and tumblers are located. A key will have a series of notches that push the pairs into the right configuration, unlatching the lock.
Now, some doors have cylinder locks that can work with two different keys. The first configuration works with the master key, while the second configuration works with the key you give to tenants. This is why renters can open only their doors but not their neighbors, while landlords can open all doors in the building.
Advantages of Master Keys
The biggest benefit of the master key system is simplicity and ease—no need to fiddle around with an entire ring of keys just to find the one you need. It’s also more cost-effective because you don’t need to have a duplicate key for each unit in your building.
Given the level of access a master key provides, however, it’s important to carefully choose who among your team will get a copy of this key. Typically, these will be your superintendent for the building, the security personnel, and perhaps maintenance workers. You can also set up your locks such that some master keys will open only certain doors, while others will open all doors.
Running an entire apartment building or other multi-family property is a big challenge. Thanks to a master key, however, you can have access to all floors and units without lugging around a huge set of keys. If you wish to have a master key system in your building, get in touch with a trusted locksmith like Coastal Contract Hardware in Myrtle Beach, SC. With our expertise, we can advise you on the best master key configuration, so you can rest assured that you have access to all units at all times.
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