As a landlord or slumlord which ever fits you ought to have
> basic knowledge of hvac maintenance. In other words the units should be
> checked twice a year for basic operation and safety. That way you can cover
> your ass and won't have to use tour 5000.00 dol retainer for your lawyer
> fees when someone gets carbon monoxide poisoning.
Also, I am a first time landlord, 30 years old. I am not a slumlord. This house was a very nice house until these tenants got into it. Over the course of the last two weeks they have mostly abandoned the property. All they left as of yesterday were two couches, a washing machine and dryer and junk in the garage.
They left the tstat at 42 degrees and all of the fans in the house on high. They busted my bathroom cabinet apart. Put a hole in the the master bedroom wall, broke the window out of my back door and chipped the paint (all over) the top of the *brand new* stove that I bought at Lowes last November (which was NOT bought out of a scratch and dent section). Broke the pull cord out of my lawn mower. Broke pieces off of my brand new kitchen cabinets... Luckily so far the brand new fridge (which also was NOT bought out of a scratch and dent section) has not been damaged... yet.... amoungst the kool aid stains on my carpet and various other issues I will have to resolve sooner than later.
Oh, and as for the wet spot in the hallway/living room area.... we figured out today (after I also found that they had taken my curtains and curtain rods along with their remaining belongings) that it's actually that he's been coming in and peeing in the same spot on the floor. They visited the property today to pick up their two couches which I had concerns were filled with drugs since they had pulled apart the entire seams of the couch cushions in the top of their brand new , very well made couches, and actually re-sewed them and left the thread and needles on the kitchen counter.
So since you didn't know the situation (which I didn't think I'd have to get into here) prior to calling me a slumlord over my AC unit having a malfunction...which they are required to notify me of if there is an issue, my goal here was to give them the benefit of the doubt after all the above...that their goal was not to force this to happen.
These tenants came to me in January and seemed like a happy couple with a baby. Unfortunately it wasn't until March that I found out that they were looking for somewhere to go in January because they were in the process of their first eviction with their former landlord. They stated that they lived in rental houses and gave me fake landlord references who actually turned out to be friends. I had no way of knowing I was not speaking with a true landlord since they were not apartment complexes. They have paid 5-7 payments late. They damaged their previous landlord's house and owes her $1600 that they probably will never pay. Since I would have to spend a bunch of money to take them to eviction court and had no way to prove to the court that these people were friends and not property managers since the previous landlord didn't want to get involved in my issue, I had no way to ensure I could get them kicked out until they completely defaulted. And for all I knew it could have been a property manager who just wanted them off their property and fed me crap to get me to take them.
I lived in this house for 7 years and made a lot of improvements to the house up until I married over a year ago. We bought a bigger house and opted to rent out my smaller house so that we could grow our family (I'm due in two months with our second child. My first is 3). We decided to rent it out due to not being able to sell it for 6 months, (economy). My old house is not worth near what I paid for it.
But thanks... not sure all my personal information was necessary to discuss when I came here for HVAC questions but the pre-mature, out-of-line slumlord insinuation/judgement kind of warranted it.
I know nothing about HVAC. I don't pretend to. You might be surprised, that's actually why I'm here...
As a wife and mother, I leave that to the professionals, and even my husband does the same. If every person in this world had HVAC knowledge your job (or at least you being here on this forum) wouldn't serve a purpose. Honestly, I don't know that I know any person in my life that has their AC or Furnace units inspected 2x a year. If it didn't bleed your wallet just to to have someone show up then more people probably would but that is just not typical of any person I have ever known.
I didn't want to be a landlord, or rent out this house (that I love) and have an attachment to, but that's just where life and the economy took us. It actually sickens me to see what they are doing to it and I can do nothing about it. Insurance won't cover it and the police tell me it's a civil court matter and I'll have to sue them for money I'll never get back. And on top of it they have access to the house for another week and I can do nothing about it.