What happens if the tenant breaks something How do i charge for repairs?

What’s up everybody? Matthew Whitaker here back with another “Question Owners Ask.”

Today’s question is about tenant repairs.

What happens if your tenant breaks your air conditioner and the reason that the air conditioner heat is broken is because the tenant didn’t change the air filter?

Let’s talk about that for a second.

The first thing is we want to make sure that you have it in your lease.

So you need to make sure that the tenant is responsible for changing the air filters in your lease. If you don’t have that in there make sure you get it in there.

Second thing, if it is in there, take a picture of the air filter.

It’s very important that you have some sort of evidence to charge the tenant for these types of repairs.

The third thing I would do is supply the tenant a picture of the invoice and a picture of the air filter when you charge them.

So make sure that they have a copy of that.  Make it so obvious that there’s nothing they can do to argue against that thick lint or dust on the air filter is their problem and make sure you highlight it in the lease.

You can also send pages of the lease that are highlighted before to the tenant, everything you can do to kind of build your case against the tenant.

And the last thing I want to say is collect and be very firm on collecting.

This is something very basic that every tenant should do when they live in a home. I wouldn’t let them off the hook because it is something they should know how to do.

That’s it. That’s “Questions Owners Ask.” I’m Matthew Whitaker with gkhouses.