Just curious & looking for some feedback.
@Zac Boelkow I don't cover that in my duplexes.
Apartment complex, yes, duplex? they can get their own garbage. Is it part of city/municipal services or does everyone choose their own provider?
In some areas around here, garbage comes on the same bill with water/sewer/electric and you don't have a choice to opt out. In other areas, garbage is your own choice.
So to answer the post, I wouldn't pay for garbage. Did you inherit tenants? If so, you may need to comply with the wording of their current lease if they have one.
check your local laws. in many areas LL must pay for garbage... not sure if that is for all units or just MF...
i want to add that the reasoning behind LLs paying for garbage is that it gets done. and the garbage doesn't pile up. Looks like in FL you dont have to pay, but in Oregon you do. :)
Abide by what the current lease says. Once you get them on a new lease, you can specify who pays for what. Make sure to explain to the tenants the reasoning behind the change
Thanks guys... Sounds like we are all on the same page. I also agree with paying for garbage so "it does not pile up" and thinking about if it did "pile up" then the correct solution would be replacing the tenants with higher quality tenants. As a "buy n hold" investor, I personally feel, that major issues (roof, Painting, doors, windows, paying the mortgage, etc) is my responsibility. Living expenses is tenant responsibility. But hey, that is just my opinion and we all know what they say of opinions... Thanks again guys!
@Mary Mitchell I agree with Mary. I pay for the garbage. It is easier for me to manage this rather than rely on a tenant to set this up and potentially result in garbage accumulation on the property. It’s a small expense, though may consider in the future upon the next turnover, charging this as an additional monthly expense as part of the rent.
Our town makes us pay $1200/year to a independent hauler for one of our multi units, but they will take just about anything you put out except tires. Because we have to pay I will often take debris from a rehab to the multi for pickup to avoid dump bills & that has saved me a lot of $$$. Another town charges $208/trash can/year & you have to have a trash can for each unit on the property so a 3 unit gets hit with $624/yr & you can only fill the trash can, nothing outside the can will be taken & you will get a citation $150/occurrence & if it blows over & trash spills you get the same fine or spend a day in housing court fighting it.
Biggest problem we have is when tenants dump food waste & the trash can is immediately overrun with maggots by the time the trash is picked up.
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