California Drought and Best Practices for Landlords in Sacramento

Recently, a friend asked me about the impact of buying a rental property in Sacramento, specifically how the drought will affect such an investment. Today, we’re sharing a few pieces of advice concerning the drought in California.

When the Owner Pays for Water

If you own a rental property and you’re paying for the water, you need to be concerned about how much water the tenant is using. Too much water usage will affect you financially. You will need to have language in your lease that protects you.

When the Tenant Pays for Water

If the resident in your property pays for the water and you have a lawn that is well cared for, you may require the tenants to water the lawn as needed. However, what you consider “as needed” might be different from what the tenants think is “as needed.” Your lawn could get destroyed if it’s not being cared for properly. This can also be a problem if you have a Jacuzzi, a pool or a hot tub. Those things still need water during the drought and if the tenant doesn’t take care of them, the structures can be affected.

Multi-Unit Properties

Property owners who buy a duplex, a triplex or even a fourplex also have their own water considerations. Small units usually have a shared meter. You might not know that you cannot split it three ways, and you may have to pay the water for everyone living in your building. That’s going to cause a large financial impact if people are washing their cars, doing laundry and having guests over who are showering and using water.

With the drought in California making water more expensive, you need a property manager who understands these unique issues and can protect you. If you have any questions about what we can do, please contact us at Smooth Sailing Realty and Property Management. We’d be happy to help you.

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