We recommend that rental property owners leave the utilities in their name at least 5 days after the new lease begins to allow a period of time for the tenant to transfer the utilties until they can be transferred to the new tenant. If you cancel, there is a risk of damage during cold weather (i.e. plumbing, appliances, sump pumps, appliances) and it is difficult to show a property without heat, air conditioning or electricity. It is also far easier to transfer utilities than it is to have utilities turned on as a “new” service under the tenants name.
After a management agreement is signed, Gordon James Realty sends owners a questionnaire to determine what utilities the owner is responsible for and what utilities the tenant will be responsible for. We then outline the tenant’s responsibilities in the lease and ensure they are met.