When Weather is Hot Here in Folsom – Don’t Make a Tenant Wait for a Month To Fix the A/C..!

You’ll create an Angry Tenant if you do.

We have experienced a heat wave lately.  As of this date and for the last several days we’ve had temps over 100 degrees.   Here in the Sacramento Valley, air conditioning really is essential in the summer months.

As I sit here writing this blog post, the temperature at 12:41Pm is 110 degrees according to the back yard thermometer that is part of my pool system.

angry tenant

I got an email addressed to our property manager with me in the “cc” line from a really angry tenant to our property management unit because they have been without air conditioning for about 2 – 3 weeks…

Why…?  Because the owner of this property changed their Home Protection Plan or had let it lapse and would not let us order the repair service for 30 days because the plan would consider this a “pre-existing” condition if ordered before the end of that 30 day period.  In that case the claim would be denied and she’d have to pay for the repair herself.

Meanwhile, the poor tenants who are supposed to have air conditioning as part of the deal, are sweltering.

When an Owner/Landlord does this kind of thing, it angers tenants.   The Rental Housing industry has no shortage of stories that hit the news about “greedy” Landlords that don’t maintain their property.   With the increase in renters vs home ownership, I suspect this is going to get worse.

If you are a landlord take care of your property and your tenants… because if you don’t and enough of these tenants start calling their local city, county and state politicians.. you’ll get more of their “regulations” and their hands into your pocket book to protect the tenants you ignored.

Maybe the “golden rule” applies here.  If this Landlord would reverse the roles for a minute, she’d have that fixed don’t you think…?

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Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE   favinger@rwnetwork.com  916-203-1260