Landlord tips: How to handle the A/C

An air-conditioned space is nearly a necessity for any tenant, especially during the summer months. For a landlord to successfully operate their property, they need to know how to handle their air conditioning units.

Establishing A Good Tenant Relationship

Any property owner who is leasing out their real estate to someone else needs to communicate their expectations to tenants. Part of their lease obligation can have the requirement of changing the filter regularly, as it is critical in the hotter portion of the year. An A/C unit that has been damaged because of neglect can result in a deduction from a security deposit.

What Are A Landlord’s Responsibilities?¬†

An AC unit that loses efficiency over time or needs to be tuned up is the landlord’s responsibility. If your occupants have abided by all their basic upkeep as outlined in the lease agreement, they aren’t held responsible for an A/C unit that breaks down.

In states where the temperature soars to a dangerous level, such as Arizona or Florida, the landlord typically has only a few days to resolve the issue. Your tenants must know how to contact you or the maintenance service team immediately if it is an emergency.

Also, you should have a plan for this circumstance, like using window ac units or an alternate residence for the night.

Getting The Most From Your AC Unit As A Landlord

An AC unit can be costly, so you want to do everything possible to get the most use of it. A good rule of thumb is to schedule a professional to come out at least once a year for maintenance.

While you’ll have to put some money up for an inspection, it can go a long way to prevent an earlier breakdown of the unit. Again, clear and consistent expectations with your tenants along with some common-sense practices can save everyone a headache.