A handy guy did some heat and hot water maintenance in a triplex property for me. Then I asked him for estimate to rehab one the apartments. Later I learned he installed an old water heater and removed the year of manufacturing off of it and told me I need a new boiler when I didn't. So I decided to give the rehab job to someone else.
Today I get a call that there's no heat and hot water in all 3 apts and the rehab guys said someone who fits his description was there yesterday claiming he's the plumber and did work in the basement.
This so called plumber also told me in the past that he turns off his tenants heat/hot water when they don't pay, so I know he's capable of this line of behavior.
Would you call the police or just fix it, put a lock on and move on?
I don’t have a lot of experience but I think I would want to call the police even if you don’t do anything about it just so there’s a record of what happened
I would call the police.
In addition, for every repair and purchase of supplies (such as water heater), I always ask for scan copy of receipts, so at least you know he brought a water heater from a legit store. It doesn't mean he actually installed it at your property, but still good to have.
@Shirley Rozenshteyn what are the police going to do besides take a report?
I'd be more concerned with getting your residents water back on as you have the responsibility to do that as the landlord.
Make sure it can't happen again and let him know in writing that he isn't allowed on your property.
Thank you all for the input. I'm leaning towards @Bill F. side.
Of course the first thing I done was to get someone out there to fix it. Then I texted the A-hole letting him know I know and to keep away. His response was "when are you buying me coffee?"
Yes, I would go to the police. He committed fraud when he installed an old hot water heater and altered the date on it. And he trespassed when he entered your building without permission - how did he get in? I'm sure this isn't the first time. I bet he's not licensed - that's another thing you can do, report this to the State licensing board. Not to mention that he thinks he can get away with this because you are a young woman.
Oh, he's a 'handy man'. Not a licensed plumber. You may be in hot water yourself. I'm not sure that you can have a handy man install a hot water heater. May need to be done by a licensed plumber, or the homeowner may be able to do it himself in his own home, but not on a rental unit.
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