Electricity on in a vacant house, this time of year?

What a nice house!

It looks great, showed very well and there was a renter almost right away. The former tenants, took very good care of the house, they gave plenty of notice they were moving, the were wonderful at making sure the house was clean and available when prospective tenants wanted to see it.

So what could go wrong? Electricity, or really the lack of electricity.

The new tenant is being transferred and will not be really to move in for a month, but the property owner was happy with his choice of new tenant, and felt that the four weeks would not be a problem, thinking it was not going to cost anything really. So the old tenants move out and on their way to home ownership, the property owner inspected the rental property, everything was perfect, and refunded the security deposit. Three weeks goes by, everything should be fine, it is not cold, so there is no danger of the pipes freezing, it has not been too hot, and no one has been in the house, so there was no need for air conditioning, everything is perfect!

Joe was hired to mow the grass, tidy up the yard, and change the locks. Because of an off smell, he decided to take a quick walk-through the house.

Everything check out fine on the top floor, and the main floor, so off to the basement. As soon as Joe started down the steps he saw it, water! Not just a bit of water, the entire finished basement. All the carpet and all the linoleum have a 2-inch layer of water.

Today is Thursday, the new tenants are going to be moving in on Monday. All the floor coverings need to be replaced, everything has to dry out, everything needs to be inspected and treated for any mold of fungus.

Without electric the sump pump could not come on, and for whatever reason the battery back-up did not come on. We did have some heavy rains, it might have just run out of power.

The lesson here, no matter how short of a time, you need to make sure there is electricity at your property. The property owner felt it was simply a waste of money to have the power switched over to his name while awaiting the new tenants.

BGE, and I am sure other power companies have the same thing, that when the tenant transfers their power, it will go into your name, so there is not gap in service. You really do not have to worry about the new tenant running up your electric bill. Before giving the tenant keys you can call BGE, or whatever service provider, and verify that the tenant has transferred service into their name.





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