One of my least favorite things about being a landlord is dealing with the renters that live in my properties.
Sometimes, I get a great renter who takes care of my property and pays their bills on time. Unfortunately, those types of renters are few and far between. Most of my renters are needy, always complaining, and always paying their rent a month too late. When I first started renting properties, one of the biggest complaints I got was about the heat and air bills. A lot of renters thought their utility bills were too high, so they were always calling and complaining about how inefficient the HVAC system was. A lot of people thought I should replace the whole HVAC system, claiming I’d installed a cheap, money-sucking piece of equipment. However, that wasn’t the case at all! I always installed the best HVAC equipment and I hired HVAC professionals to come service all my property’s HVAC systems twice per year. I never expected my renters to pay for HVAC servicing. I knew how wonderful my HVAC systems were, but my renters were careless and didn’t take care of the equipment properly. They were really rough on their thermostat settings, and constantly leaving doors and windows open while the heat and air were running. It’s no wonder their heat and air bills were so high! I tried sending out flyers to all my properties listing ways they could save money on their heat and air bills, but I doubt they actually read the information. I’m not sure there’s much more I could do for them.