Re: Getting Tenants to Pay for Gas Heat - Posted by JPiper
Posted by JPiper on April 12, 1999 at 09:27:39:
I have a small 3 unit building with one furnace.
While I think separate meters is the best solution, I didn’t care for the cost. My solution was to make each unit responsible for 1/3 of the gas bill?.responsible in terms of the lease. I bill them individually on a monthly basis for their pro rata share by providing a copy of the bill that I paid (the bill is in my name).
I’ve experienced two problems with this method. One is that it creates a little extra work for me?but I’d rather do the work than pay the bill myself?.or be at the mercy of how high the tenants keep the heat.
The other problem was that one of the units is rented by a single gal. The others are rented by couples. At one point the single gal complained that she was paying the same as the other units for heat, but was using less than the other tenants. I was able to handle her complaint by pointing out some of the flaws in her argument.
When the current leases expire I may try to figure some alternate way to prorate the bill?perhaps based on square footage.
Not an ideal solution, but one that is working, and one that didn’t require me to separately meter.