My renters are not running the Sprinkler System, maybe as a cost savings. When I bought the house (as a owner occupant) I was told that the system needed to run periodically in the Dallas area to help the foundation. How do I broach this subject with my tenants?
While I don't know anything about the foundation/Dallas issue...
What does it say in your lease? If nothing all you can really do is ask them. If you really want them to do it you could always offer a rent credit?
If it truly is an issue to protect the structural integrity of the home and you think they will be there long term I would explain that you don't want to have to have the yard ripped up to do foundation repairs. Or the elements damaging their possessions in the basement.
Have you tried talking to them to find out why they're not running it? Could be that simply asking them to do so would be all it takes.
I did not think to put it in the lease, but I will next time. I was thinking about sending them a little Summer Reminders and sneak it in. But just asking them directly may be better. Thx for your suggestions.
If it's not in the lease, and you're worried about it, why don't you offer to pay for some of their water bill for them to do it?
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