1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by GG [GA]) Oct 9, 2018 8:21 AM|
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by NE [PA]) Oct 9, 2018 8:24 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Larry [MN]) Oct 9, 2018 8:33 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Tony [NJ]) Oct 9, 2018 8:35 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by S i d [MO]) Oct 9, 2018 9:07 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by fred [CA]) Oct 9, 2018 9:15 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Vee [OH]) Oct 9, 2018 9:31 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by RR78 [VA]) Oct 9, 2018 9:34 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Still Learning [NH]) Oct 9, 2018 9:45 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Oct 9, 2018 9:49 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by gevans [SC]) Oct 9, 2018 11:05 AM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by myob [GA]) Oct 9, 2018 12:45 PM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Robert J [CA]) Oct 9, 2018 12:54 PM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by don [PA]) Oct 9, 2018 2:04 PM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Oct 9, 2018 10:40 PM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Oct 9, 2018 10:43 PM
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Smokowna [MD]) Oct 10, 2018 6:52 AM
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1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by GG [GA]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 8:21 AM
My lease says tenant pays for clogs. I had a plumber come and remove the commode to work on the line. Duplex building. Both roots and tampons were found. Half the billing to tenant? 1/4 the billing? Any good stories and recommendations are welcome. --107.72.xxx.xxx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 8:24 AM
Report back and let us know how long it takes your tenant to say "Well, if the roots weren't there in the first place, the tampons would've went down!"
Once you have her admission of guilt, charge her 1/2. --50.107.xxx.xxx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 8:33 AM
Without tampons the roots would have eventually caused a backup with other stuff going down the toilet anyway. Just pay it. Tenant would likely win in small claims court if you tried to collect that way. --73.65.xx.xx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Tony [NJ]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 8:35 AM
I'm with NE. If there's sufficient security deposit, I wait until move-out to deduct. Some tenants might think you have a lot of nerve and might retaliate while still there. --73.195.xxx.xxx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 9:07 AM
Regardless of who pays the bill, this tenant needs to go. Flushing tampons down a toilet is flat-out dumb and irresponsible behavior. I don't want either/or of those in my property.
Next time, it will be a grease clog from pouring leftover oil from the turkey fryer down the drain.
Btw, does your lease address this? If not, it should. "Clogs" is not specific enough.
Mine is specific: "Only human bodily waste and toilet paper may be flushed down toilets. Wipes, paper towels, tampons, feminine hygiene products, condoms, drugs, cat litter, toys, oil, grease, dirt, leftover food, table scraps, plastic bags, etc are not designed properly to be handled by residential household drains or a sanitary sewer system, and any of these items found in a line will result in a charge to tenant to clear the line."
Yes, if you don't want it flushed, list it! Read it to them. Have them initial next to it to prove they were informed. Mike Butler, author of "Land lording on Auto-pilot" has a "talking lease" that goes over key lease provision and includes pictures of what is not supposed to be flushed. It's pretty humorous, especially the picture of a smiling condom. --173.20.xxx.xxx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 9:15 AM
Stick to the rental agreement: what does it say about clogs? Does it mention items not to go in the drains and toilets?
If yes, follow the agreement.
If no, add it now for future tenants. Meantime, tell your tenant what not to throw in...but you pay for the drain cleaning this time. Future clogs (excluding roots) will be on the tenant. --99.59.x.xxx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 9:31 AM
Why wait? This is how 85 percent of landlords get stuck at the end, the tenant is yelling I want my deposit and you forget the sewer cleaner costs along with other stuff that should have been billed in the next rent cycle - check your state law to see if you are allowed to access the deposit before the keys are returned - most place you can not do it... --76.188.xxx.xx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 9:34 AM
I say no charge for this first time and just a warning.
You have to be fair. And a couple of problems.
First a duplex. Unless they admit the tampons. Would a Judge make a tenant pay for a problem that may have been caused by another tenant?
Next is tree roots. This is most likely the cause.
Since it would have eventually caused a clog even without the tampons.
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 9:45 AM
How long has the person been there. Could the tamp s be from a former tenant? --107.77.xxx.xx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 9:49 AM
Technically I think you owe all of it since the roots trapped the tampons. However, she'll never learn if she doesn't have to pay something. At least charge her something to teach a lesson, even if it's a nominal fee. --108.69.xxx.xxx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 11:05 AM
Roots in the line, I'd pay myself. But I would definitely flag to the tenant that there were tampons in the line and these are not allowed in the sewer.
My plumber used to line up all the "sewer mice" he found like little trophies next to the sewer cleanout, in plain sight of the tenant. Sometimes the shame and guilt was enough to make them stop. --98.122.x.xx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 12:45 PM
Any roots- broken pipes- cracks-- LL pays. Give me a break.
Last time I Posted about this I said I sent back 300.00 to a tenant I had billed for products in the line-- when I found the root I sent her her money back--- killed me to do it but ya gotta sleep at night.
Very easy: if its due to home defect-- it's mine-- tenant negligence it's theirs. --99.103.xxx.xxx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 12:54 PM
I am a licensed plumbing contractor. Get a letter from your plumber that he removed a tampons that got stuck in some roots and caused the blockage.
Then send a letter to your tenant saying, you can not put tampons, facial tissue or paper towels down the toilet -- only toilet paper. And that that this time you're not going to charge them. But if they continue to flush down products that don't break down immediately, then they will be reasonable for the entire plumbing costs to free any blockage.
On job I did for a Hollywood Actor on one of their rental homes to clean a blockage from an attorney tenant. The lease and owner warned the attorney. So I sent my bill to the Owner/actor and he told me to send the bill to his attorney tenant. Neither of them paid me so I sent a demand letter and followed it up in small claims court. Since I refused to meet in the hallway and try to reach a settlement, my case was put at the end of the list, to be head in front of the judge at 4:30 pm.
The actor lost $7,000 in wages he would have earned for the day. The attorney lost $4,000 in earnings for the day. I am semi-retired and got a kick out of giving them a taste of their own medicine. I won my case for my services and court costs. I was so pleased with myself that I bought myself a new tool that I always wanted. --47.156.xx.xx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by don [PA]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 2:04 PM
Don't mention the roots to the tenant. You are giving them an excuse for anything and everything in the future. "Your honor the problem was not because of me, the landlord admitted that there is a problem with roots." --70.90.xx.xxx
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 10:40 PM
Simple: broke the lease rules by flushing tampons. (you DO have a proper lease with this spelled out, right?)
Fluid can pass thru roots until tampons collect into a dam.
Bill now. NEVER wait for the move out. That deposit is to protect you from other things happening before she leaves.
Side note: visiting girlfriends can flush stuff when visiting your male resident.
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Oct 9, 2018 10:43 PM
I had a house occupied by 2 gay men. (that's what THEY called themselves).
The sewer line kept clogging. I finally asked the sewer guy to report back - tampons. Huh?!?
Turns out the sewer line was connected to the house next door which DID have teen girls.
1/2 tampons 1/2 roots (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2018 6:52 AM
I pulled paper towels out last week. One of the teni asked if the laundry room was clean. I answered. " go look,". I followed with advice to tell whomever flushed paper towels to clean the laundry room floor.
I see the problem as not the roots, but rather what was caught by the roots. Everything was flowing while the roots were there. A treatment of root killer would have eliminated the roots.
I could argue this point from both sides, however one cause can be 100% avoidable - and there I assign blame. --108.51.xxx.xxx
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