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What Is The Best Keyless Lock For Your Tiny House Rental?

You have guests coming and going on a regular basis. You can't be there to let them in each time they pass through the threshold and you don't want to risk giving them a key that probably won't change for a year or more. A keyless door can save you time and peace of mind. You can automate check-ins and check-outs as well as feel confident about your rentals if they are out of your town or immediate region. Let's face it. More conventional locks are a bit of a security risk these days. Just look at how many videos there are giving instructions on how to pick a door lock! That is why using a keyless door lock or entry system may be the most logical step for your tiny house rental. The prices are becoming much more affordable, the units are becoming more attractive, and the installation easier. Here are some suggestions for the best keyless door lock on the market.

The Kwikset 916 Smartcode Touchscreen with Deadbolt

This easy to install lock is “Amazon Certified” and works with Alexa recognition for locking the door. As with most keyless entry systems, the Kwikset is hard on batteries and requires changing more than the noted 10-12 months. 

The Kwikset 916 requires only a screwdriver to install and can be swapped out in just minutes. It also offers Kwikset's SmartKey re-key technology. What is best though is the wireless communication to the device allows you to set up unique codes for your renters as well as receive security updates about the device, no matter where you are. 

Simply put, with a Z-Wave 1 lock you know who is coming and going in and out of your tiny house, you have 30+ unique codes that are usable for your guests, and you can turn off specific codes at any time! 

The biggest downfall is that there is no battery notification for you as a host so if you are long-distance from your property the keypad may be inconsistent. Luckily though there is always the manual key option as a backup!

Nest x Yale

Like other Nest products, the x Yale lock is sleek, stylish, and will definitely add a classy touch to your tiny house.

Once you unbox it, it can be installed with just a Philips head screwdriver. Once attached, you simply download the Nest app, create an account, and follow the instructions. One of the nice things about Nest is its robust Support that in this case offers a how-to video that will help you install the entire system. All in all, it shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to be up and running.

The Nest has a keypad on the outside and a deadbolt on the inside. No key necessary! You can unlock from the outside with either the Nest App or the keypad. There are also timers that allow you to lock or unlock the door - from afar - at any pre-set time. 

The Nest does have a couple negatives though. One is that there is no key access. If the batteries die, the door will not lock or unlock without fresh batteries. Also, if the power goes out, so does the lock! The Nest x Yale is also an integrated Smart Home device so it doesn't play well with anything other than Google and other Nest devices. If you aren't willing to go Nest, you will probably not want to install this system. If you are a Google die hard though, this is the lock for your tiny house rental! 

Schlage Camelot Keypad Entry With Flex-Lock

The Schlage lock is a no-nonsense, popular choice, for overnight rentals. It is an outside lock keypad with inside, manual, deadbolt. It has a primary lock emergency lock for the host, and a lever entry. Best of all, it has a manual key as well in case the batteries go dead or there is a power outage. Best of all, it is known in the security industry as having exceptional battery life and also features the Flex-Lock 2 system. Flex-Lock allows you or your guests to enable and disable the automatic locking system. So if your guest is bringing in luggage or firewood or groceries, they can keep the door unlocked when it shuts. 

Unfortunately, there is no indicator on the lock to let your guest know if the system is in automatic lock mode. 

The keypad can hold up to nineteen unique entry codes (almost a month of one-night guests) and allows you key entry in the event of a battery failure or emergency.


What style keyless lock do you prefer? Do you currently use one on your tiny house rental? What has your experience been? Let us know in the comment section below. You can also follow us on Instagram to see our system(s) or LIKE us on Facebook to find out more about what Try It Tiny is doing now! 




1 Z-Wave is a wireless communications protocol used primarily for home automation. It is a mesh network using low-energy radio waves to communicate from appliance to appliance, allowing for wireless control of residential appliances and other devices, such as lighting control, security systems, thermostats, windows, locks, swimming pools and garage door openers.

2 Flex-Lock feature allows you to switch between unlocked or automatic re-locking with the turn of a button. No keys to hide, lose, carry, or forget.

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