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Old 01-26-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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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

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Into agriculture, you think they're growing weed?
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just my guess but yes.
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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.
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Okay, I just got off the phone with them and we arranged to meet tonight. Lets hope I don't find a farm.
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Into agriculture, you think they're growing weed?
On the plus side, they'll be able to afford to pay the rent.
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What's in your contract regarding utilities?
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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
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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