Should Tenants Leave Power On When They Move Out?

Should Tenants Leave Power On When They Move Out?

This week a landlord asks should tenants leave power on when they move out is the question for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and is not offering legal advice. If you have a question for him please fill out his form below.

Dear Landlord Hank:

Is a tenant who has moved out on good terms by not re-signing the lease required to leave the power connected in their name until a new tenant moves in?

– Jason

Dear Landlord Jason,

Your good tenant’s obligations to the lease and to you end on the last day of the lease.

Normally the landlord will contact the power and water company to have those utilities on for showings, cleaning, etc. until the next tenant moves in.

The new tenant would then normally have those utilities put into their names at the start of the next lease, for that term.

Sincerely,

Hank Rossi

Each week I answer questions from landlords and property managers across the country in my “Dear Landlord Hank” blog in the digital magazine Rental Housing Journal.  https://rentalhousingjournal.com/asklandlordhank/

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Landlord Hank says, “Normally the landlord will contact the power and water company to have those utilities on for showings, cleaning, etc. until the next tenant moves in.”

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I started in real estate as a child watching my father take care of our family rentals- maintenance, tenant relations, etc , in small town Ohio. As I grew, I was occasionally Dad’s assistant. In the mid-90s I decided to get into the rental business on my own, as a sideline. In 2001, I retired from my profession and only managed my own investments, for the next 10 years. Six years ago, my sister, working as a rental agent/property manager in Sarasota, Florida convinced me to try the Florida lifestyle. I gave it a try and never looked back. A few years ago we started our own real estate brokerage. We focus on property management and leasing. I continue to manage my real estate portfolio here in Florida and Atlanta.