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6 good ideas to manage the keys of your holiday rental on the Ile de Re

Reducing the number of keys as much as you can is always better for the comfort of your tenants and for you own tranquillity. In some cases, when you have 10 different keys on the same bunch, it can be such a hassle to find the right key for the right door ! Here are six useful tips regarding your keys ...

  1. All your keys don't necessarily have to be on the "tenants' bunch". Also, remember to permanently leave certain keys on certain doors of the house. In this case, leave a big key-ring on the key to make it easier to find, if for example someone were to accidently remove the key from the lock,
  2. Always keep a spare key in a safe place,
  3. Create a chart to be able to open several doors with the same key (and therefore to reduce the number of keys). For example, if 3 doors lead to the main part of the house and a fourth door leads to an annex in which you wish to keep some personnal belongings, it would be a good idea to have a PASS key that opens all four doors (your key), and another key that only opens the main part of the house (the tenant's key).
  4. Hook a pretty and big key-ring to the bunch, on which you can leave a phone number (in case you lose your keys) BUT don't leave the adress of the house (for obvious reasons!)
  5. Use barrels that open with a key from the outside but that you can close with a button from the inside. This system is a lot easier and has many plus points : no more looking for you keys when you want to open the door from the inside,  no more keys hanging around the house (less risks of losing the keys and less risks for children), and finally, in case of emergency, finding the button to open the door is immediate so no more risks of staying trapped inside the house.
  6. Always have several bunches of keys: 1 for you, 1 for those who look after your house (cleaner, gardener...), and 1 or 2 for the tenants (up to 3 depending on the number of guests).

Whatever the size of the house, the tenants bunch of keys must not carry more than 3 keys.