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michaelson 01-26-2013 04:21 PM

Tenant Utility Usage
 
I own some rental property and one of my established tenants went CRAZY last month with utility usage. I include all utilities. The guys are in college and have rented from me in the past and they are so conscientious and last year they left the place pristine. I saved so much money with their care of the place last time that I activated the satellite service for them this time at my expense; they wrote to me and even thanked for the added bonus.

This month I received the water and electric bill and they were outrageous. I sent them an e-mail and politely inquired if they had done anything that would have caused the increased usage; they replied that they weren't aware of anything but would take responsibility for any additional charges as long as I could present proof of being billed for it.

What should I do? The water and electric bill were about 3x that of last month.

bbo 01-26-2013 04:30 PM

you can send them the bills previous and present. they said they would take care of them.

I suspect they know why and might be playing dumb. you might want to stop by to make sure all is well ( with proper notice depending on the legality of landlord visits)

my money is they are into agriculture now :)

michaelson 01-26-2013 04:37 PM

Into agriculture, you think they're growing weed?

bbo 01-26-2013 04:43 PM

just my guess but yes.

gregzoll 01-26-2013 04:44 PM

You could always hook up something like a Ted5000 in the main panel, to monitor use hourly, daily. There are other types that you can watch individual circuits, other than just the general use to the panel.

michaelson 01-26-2013 04:52 PM

Okay, I just got off the phone with them and we arranged to meet tonight. Lets hope I don't find a farm.

tibberous 01-26-2013 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by michaelson (Post 1102642)
Into agriculture, you think they're growing weed?

On the plus side, they'll be able to afford to pay the rent.

LVDIY 01-26-2013 05:51 PM

What's in your contract regarding utilities?

Bondo 01-26-2013 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by bbo (Post 1102638)
you can send them the bills previous and present. they said they would take care of them.

I suspect they know why and might be playing dumb. you might want to stop by to make sure all is well ( with proper notice depending on the legality of landlord visits)

my money is they are into agriculture now :)

Ayuh,... Orrr, bein' college kids,... Long sessions of Sex in the shower,...:thumbup:

michaelson 01-26-2013 06:53 PM

The utilities are supposed to be included but I have found the cause.

The house has hot water radiators and there's a little black tank over the boiler. There was hot water spraying out of the tank at the seam. Needless to say there's some serious after-hours work going on now.

michaelson 01-26-2013 07:21 PM

I feel like, knowing what I now know I don't have any right to say anything about the cost since it's clearly not their fault. Would people agree that I need to just eat this one?

bbo 01-26-2013 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by michaelson (Post 1102742)
I feel like, knowing what I now know I don't have any right to say anything about the cost since it's clearly not their fault. Would people agree that I need to just eat this one?

I probably would.

And spark one up with em to show no hard feelings. :jester:

tibberous 01-26-2013 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by michaelson (Post 1102742)
I feel like, knowing what I now know I don't have any right to say anything about the cost since it's clearly not their fault. Would people agree that I need to just eat this one?

Yeah - I would. Sucks it wasn't a big grow op, that would have been way more interesting.

LVDIY 01-26-2013 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by michaelson (Post 1102742)
I feel like, knowing what I now know I don't have any right to say anything about the cost since it's clearly not their fault. Would people agree that I need to just eat this one?

yeah, you said they've been great tenants, so unless this was due to their neglect I'd say it's all on you.

beenthere 01-27-2013 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by michaelson (Post 1102742)
I feel like, knowing what I now know I don't have any right to say anything about the cost since it's clearly not their fault. Would people agree that I need to just eat this one?

They had nothing to do with the tank failing. So it should be your dime only.


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