For 2022, the Best Home Security System for Renters

For 2022, the Best Home Security System for Renters ...

Although this option may give you peace of mind, a professionally installed system, and some with more invasive installations, may not make sense. If you don't want to drill into walls, fiddle with wiring or pay to install a permanent system in an apartment you may only live in short term, there are a lot of options available for you.

Every important security system on the market, from professionally installed systems to DIY ones, has been tested. In general, professional systems will not make much sense for renters because they often contract contracts that can last longer than a lease. The best home security systems for renters are going to be DIY affairs. Here are some tips for the job.

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Wyze's home security system is staggeringly low even after the prices plummeted in early 2021. There are two door/window sensors, a motion detector, a keypad, and a base station with a built-in siren, among others. There is also a 50% discount on the system, which gives you a $100 discount.

Wyze's is a solid system with a great price tag, which allows you to use a variety of apartment or home sizes on the market (adding a camera, for example, will set you back as little as $30) but the downside is that it will still work locally, although if someone breaks in while the power is down, the siren is still going to sound.


Ring's 5-piece home security system is a sturdy midrange DIY security solution for renters. It has a door/window sensor, a motion sensor, a keypad, a range extender, and a base station. Although it isn't as good as its system, many renters don't need a new router, without a mesh Wi-Fi system.

This Ring Alarm for renters, however, is compatible with the, which is one of the most powerful video doorbells that allows you to deal with those peepholes you often encounter in apartment buildings. Ring, like Wyze, is unfortunately unwell connected to the cell.


SimpliSafe is our preferred DIY home security system for renters for several reasons: it is sturdy, well-priced, and has no significant weaknesses (that's right, you have cell backup here, unlike the two systems above) but SimpliSafe does have one disadvantage for renters: its video doorbell is wired-only. For many renters without doorbell wiring (or without permission to fiddle with it), which removes the video doorbell from the table.

SimpliSafe is offering fantastic packages at prices that, even if they are slightly higher than the above, and they will not compete with direct competitors like Abode. Packages start at $244, but you may get them directly on the SimpliSafe website for substantially less at the moment of purchase, for example.


Renters' Security Systems Compared to the previous one

Our Picks Wyze Home Monitoring Ring Alarm (5-piece) SimpliSafe (8-piece)
Price $100 $160 $179
24/7 Professional Monitoring Fees $10 $20 $17.99
System Hardware 2 door/window sensors, 1 motion detector, 1 keypad, 1 base station with built-in siren 1 door/window sensor, 1 motion sensor, 1 keypad, 1 range extender, 1 base station 1 base station, 1 keypad, 4 entry sensors, 1 motion sensor, 1 panic button
Setup DIY installation DIY installation DIY installation
Extra Features 24/7 professional monitoring, remote alerts, false alarm prevention, no long-term contracts, Alexa and smart home integration Mobile notifications and remote alerts, integrates with Alexa and other Ring products Cell backup, 24/7 professional monitoring service, customizable system, Alexa and Google Assistant integrations, 24-hour battery
Review Score 8.4 7.5 8.5

What is the future of testing home security systems?

For each system we test, we have it installed as you would at home, or we have a certified installer set it up in case of professional systems such as ADT and Comcast Xfinity. We spend at least a week testing the system and all the features, device-by-device, and as a whole. Our ranking emphasizes value, but also highlights how easy it was to set up and the frequency of false alarms.

FAQs about house security for renters

Is it possible to use a security system in a rental?

A home security system may be used in your rented apartment or home, but a DIY, non-invasive system (one that does not require drilling into walls or doors, or rewiring a doorbell, for example) will often be your best bet. Besides, professional security services may come with a contract that extends beyond the length of your lease, causing confusion.

Before purchasing a system or signing up for a service, check your lease agreement to make sure any major changes, such as the installation of a home security system, are permitted in your residence.

Should I use a security camera in my property?

While external cameras are not permitted in private rooms like your back patio, they are usually not recommended in apartments because it will routinely capture footage of people in public spaces. Many lease agreements also do not allow for the exterior installation of devices such as cameras or satellite dishes.

There are several reasons why you may want to include a security camera or two inside. Smart home cameras are a great way to monitor kids from another room or pet when you're out. Moreover, a security camera may capture images or video of intruders, sending you an alert. Additionally, consider placing a camera somewhere it is easily seen by others.

How do I get my apartment held up?

Installing a home security system that monitors entryways and the interior of your apartment is one of the best methods to protect your property, but there are other measures you can take. Consider avoiding windows as well as seeing valuables from the outside.

While keeping an eye on your property, the buddy system may be a free but useful way to improve your property's security: Make friends with your neighbors, communicate suspicious activity.

You may also consider renting a renter's insurance to mitigate losses in the event of a burglary or other security breach. Check out these sites for more information.

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