Our tenant is jacking up my energy bill

Owning rental properties can be a good thing for investing in the future, and however, when you live in a double and rent out the other half, it can be a hassle as well.

This is mostly because you see your tenant on a morning-to-day basis and know everything that they are doing. If you hear a loud crash or see something that is disfigurementd you may tend to overreact. This is the case with my husband and I because when my friend and I decided to purchase our first home my friend and I knew my friend and I wanted something that would help spend money the mortgage. We decided that purchasing a duplex was our best option and for the most part it has been. The rental agreement that my friend and I have with our tenant includes the cost of heating and that became a problem. When my friend and I first bought home my friend and I were renovating it so my friend and I knew that heating both spaces was costly however felt that it could be kept under control. When’s our first tenant moved in my friend and I realized that my friend and I no longer had the ability to adjust the temperature on their side and my friend and I found out that they were using way more energy than my friend and I had done. We decided to talk to her Heating and Air Conditioning corporation and see if there was some way to have a programmable system put in that my friend and I could adjust when needed. We had a talk with the tenant and told her that my friend and I would be controlling the temperature and ask them what they wanted it set at. When she told us that she would like her house to be at 73° my friend and I told her that was inadequate. She did not like the cold Winters however my friend and I told her that if she wanted her locale to be that warm she would have to spend money her own energy cost. This made a big difference in her option and she agreed to keep it at 68 instead.


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