Now that is a really good question. Who is going to take care of getting the plumbing fixed and pay the kind plumber? Well, that depends. At Bravo Property Management and Realty, we want there to be no question about what you, the tenant, are responsible for and what the property manager will deal with. SO, we have come up with the following guide just to let you know who is responsible for plumbing issues.
No one likes to talk about it, but plumbing issues happen. Pipes break, need tightening, valves need tweaking, clogs need fixing, etc. In fact, with so many parts in your house that fall under the umbrella of plumbing, it is a wonder we don’t have even more plumbing breakdowns.
Just think about it, plumbing is in our morning shower, flushing the toilet, washing our hands, making dinner, doing dishes, garbage disposal, washing clothes, watering the lawn, and countless other places. We sure do use our plumbing system a lot. And when something breaks down, we tend to panic a bit. That is entirely understandable considering the part plumbing plays in our day to day life.
We know. It is hard, and often, it is gross. Your property manager knows that and exactly how critical it is to get someone right out. In most rental situations, the landlord is responsible for ensuring the home is livable, including the AC, plumbing, electricity, and structure of the building is up to par. So, in most cases, the property manager will call a trusted plumbing company to your home to fix the issue as soon as possible. Follow these simple guidelines when you encounter a plumbing problem.
The bill should go directly to the property manager. However, if they require payment on the spot, let the property manager know. If they approve it, pay the plumber and submit your receipt for reimbursement. The most important aspect of this process is communication. Be sure to keep the property manager in the loop, or if they are handling the work, as that they keep you in the loop.
What is a plumbing emergency? These are the issues the tenant will want to get fixed immediately, requiring a phone call to the landlord. Often, a good property manager will let you call out the plumber they use and get it fixed right away. They don’t want damage to the property any more than you do.
Here are some of those times we would consider an emergency.
It would be best if you did not wait to contact the property management company. In these situations, call the management right away and get the plumber right out.
Unfortunately, it happens. When a tenant has an accidental break or a negligent break, it may fall on the tenant’s responsibility rather than the management. Below are a couple of examples of negligence:
These are all problems plumbers see every day. Those would be best to be handled by the occupant. There again, please be sure to consult the language of your lease agreement before making any decisions. And don’t forget to document any work you have done.
In conclusion, most plumbing issues can be resolved with a plunger, a wrench to tighten, or a drain-clearing tool. If you can take care of those minor issues, you will be one of those tenants the property management companies are happy to rent to. The property manager should appropriately handle a larger problem. In any case, it is essential to consult the lease agreement as well as the management.
Bravo Property Management Company and Realty want to make the process as easy as possible. If you have a plumbing problem, call us right away to get it handled. And trust the repair to your friendly local plumber.