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RSdream
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Hi all, we are hoping that around November 1st the renovation of the apartment at our house will be complete and ready to rent. Have never been a landlord on St. Croix and was wondering if it would be our responsibility to supply internet and Dish. Nothing is connected now and this is not an Air B&B. We are going to be looking for a long term tenant. So just looking for a protocol.

Thanks in advance

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Topic starter Posted : September 29, 2019 5:05 pm
Bearbearstx
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If you want maximum flexibility to rent it for several months, six months or a year I think it would be best for you to have your own account for those things just to make transitions for tenants as easy as possible - some may still be on island for temporary work with an employer paying  and may not want to go through the trouble of opening internet and cable accounts for a 3 month or 6 month rental opportunity but obviously will want both.  You could always either note that the rent includes these or that there will be an additional fee of X per mont that will go to reimbursing you for the internet and cable monthly expenses if you really wanted to.

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Posted : September 29, 2019 7:48 pm
Alana33
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Up to you.

Best to have control, however, and add it into rental amount.

It's not something mandatory to supply but adds value.

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Posted : September 29, 2019 9:55 pm
vicanuck
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I agree with Alana. We resell DISH and broadband service to tenants but make it a bit less expensive than having their own, which in turn pays for most of my bill. Its a win/win. We also have internal electric and water meters for the apartment and resell our solar power  and cistern water at the same rate as WAPA.

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Posted : September 30, 2019 8:06 am
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Alana33
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Without tenant paying the utility deposit, running all over, trying to figure out what paperwork they need, waiting in long lines, just charge appropriate amount/or split costs as vicanuk does.

Much simpler in the long run.

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Posted : September 30, 2019 8:46 am
RSdream
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Thanks for all the input. I like the idea of putting everything in my name and charging back to the tenant at an amount that would be a savings for them. 

@vicanuck the internal electric meter I assume was through WAPA. Is that a potential nightmare?

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Topic starter Posted : September 30, 2019 2:49 pm
vicanuck
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@rsdream

I had an electrician put the internal meter in. It wasn't too difficult since the apartment had its own breaker box and we could isolate that area of usage.

I wouldn't tell WAPA anything about what I'm doing on my property.

Its none of their business what I do with the electricity I produce.

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Posted : September 30, 2019 3:02 pm
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RSdream
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Thanks for the advise vicanuck, I appreciate it.

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Topic starter Posted : September 30, 2019 5:24 pm
VictorPoorman
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Yes, I agree with the above comments.

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Posted : October 5, 2019 9:19 am
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