Best door lock for vacation rental

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Can anyone recommend a good front door lock for my upcoming furnished rental? This property is in another state and I want to be able to control access remotely.

Thanks

I use the eRentalLock. Just add a .com to that to check out their web site.
They come in a couple of styles (brass, nickel, bronze) and configurations (deadbolt, handle, etc.). They're a standard Schlage electronic lock with a chip built in that allows for remote configuration. Plug in the time and date for check-in and check-out and the site spits out a code that will only work during those times. Hint: Add an extra hour on each side, so as not to lock folks out for being a few minutes early or late.

I use these in my vacation rental and long term rental units. For the LTR, I can let people schedule showings on their own without me having to be on site all the time.

I don't have a recommendation for a lock, but I really like the Zmodo cameras.  They are motion activated and transmit an alert to your phone.  You'll need an active wifi connection and a 110 volt a.c. power supply.  Last week I caught someone that had broken into a vacant furnished house and they were trying to put in a device to steal the wifi.  The police arrested them. You can also record what the camera sees.  You can also speak on your phone and there is a speaker on the camera.  My wife said "Don't steal that tv.  I can see you.  The police are here".  That burglar got up off the floor and sat on a couch, 2 seconds later the police were shining flashlights inside.

Originally posted by @Paul Sandhu :

 My wife said "Don't steal that tv.  I can see you.  The police are here".  That burglar got up off the floor and sat on a couch, 2 seconds later the police were shining flashlights inside.

 That is freaking golden! I love it!

I would look into locks incorporated into home control systems, so your thermostats, locks, lights, and security are linked. 

Originally posted by @Blair Russell :

I would look into locks incorporated into home control systems, so your thermostats, locks, lights, and security are linked. 

Thanks, Blair. I plan to at least do the front door lock and thermostat, but hadn't considered lights and/or security. Do you have any experience with specific manufacturers?

I use Kwikset for my Locks, Radio Thermostat Company of America for my Thermos, and any Alarm.com supplier will give you a lot of options. I even get fire alarm alerts to my cellphone. 

Wow Blair these are very helpful recommendations. Thanks.

I believe it is illegal to have cameras inside a rental property. you can have them outside and should disclose that you have cameras.

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