Out of the two, Vivint is the better choice, offering customers the option to continue their home security service at a new location, including for the short-term. Smith Thompson indicates clearly on its website that it does not service apartments.
However, when changing locations, customers may find themselves paying for both equipment removal from the old home and equipment installation in the new home. Vivint charges $129 for each of these services, though customers are free to remove equipment by themselves, bypassing the removal fee.
Renters should first check with their landlord to determine whether drilling, wiring, or installation is allowed. A building or apartment complex may already be pre-wired for security or smart home service.