A few weeks ago, one tenant called that he couldn’t reset the breaker. It kept tripped off and to make things worse, the fridge is on the same circuit. He was worried about the food would go bad soon, if it were not be fixed…”, In this post, I will share with you how we followed up and resolved the issue and what are the 4 things we learned from this experience:
01). Be aware of “one side story”
02). Channel the “culture” to the right direction
03). Stand solid on the “principles”
04). Use common sense when “fridge quit working”…
Let’s get right into it.
Our electrician arrived on site and find out what was the issue – there were too many items are being plugged onto the circuit. The breaker is doing what it supposes to do – to trip the overloaded circuit and protect the home from any further safety issue.
After removing the plugs off the circuit, the breaker is being reset with no issue. (I will add the screen shot of the electrician report into the picture section below).
It turned out to be a simple fix – if one knows what to do. This is what the electrician being paid for to teach the lesson.
We followed up with the tenant and reminder them that don’t overload the circuit in the future as it may cause even more serious safety issue. In addition, this issue is not wear and tear and the cost will be charged back to him.
In this simple experience, we learned 4 things we would like to share as follows.
I was duly impressed with the maturity demonstrated by the young engineer couple, and the thoughtful initiative they proposed – The sublet. Via the link here, you will find a bit more about the sublet. In essence, it works like this –
the tenants can sublet their home with the writing consent from the landlord.
landlord can not refuse without a good reason (No one knows what “good” really mean)
the tenant who sublets the house is still responsible for the rents.
As a seasoned landlord, I am not a big fan of the sublet. This is because at the first glimpse, it seems a quick and easy fix, but in the long run, this approach can surreptitiously cause many issues that could be troublesome to both landlord and the main/original tenants. I will lead you through these pitfalls in the next section.
Instead of sublet, the so-called “tenant assist renting” option is a much better option. Here is how it works.
First of all, way before any of this happens, we need to have the originally lease clearly stated that there is no sublet option available, instead, we offer what we called “tenant assistant renting” option. Here is how it works.
We went over the process with the couple, they were very cooperative. Long story short, this house was rented out in less than 10 days. New lease signed, and everyone moved in, out and on.