09 Jan

Top four ways landlords benefit by submetering their rental units

Determining each tenant’s responsibility for the water bill can be a guessing game. Too often, the landlord makes up the difference, unfairly increasing the cost of business. Utilities are notorious for killing a landlord’s operating income. 

Submetering provides landlords with a viable and fair method to bill tenants for the precise amount of water used.

Submeters are physical metering devices that measure water use. A plumber can install utility-grade meters to measure water usage in a particular unit.  Plumbers 911 has plumbers avaliable to complete such projects.

Submeters take the responsibility of accurate billing away from the landlord, as tenants are billed directly. Once installed, a quality submeter can provide accurate data for years with little maintenance. Wireless technology eliminates the need for manual readings.

Here are four ways submetering protects a landlord’s bottom line.


Submetering provides transparency and fairness

Water submetering is the fairest way to distribute utility costs. Tenants are charged for the precise amount of water used – no need to estimate or split costs with the other unit based on percentage. Submetering provides transparency and fairness, so no one is forced to pay more than their fair share of the utility bill. 


Submetering improves your net operating income

Utility costs are rising, and when tenants pay a fixed utility rate, the landlord pays the difference. Installing submeters enhances utility cost recovery. Tenants are also never charged for utility costs they don’t use, increasing the incentive to rent your property.

By improving a property’s income potential, you optimize a unit’s property value. 


Submeters deliver a significant return on investment

Though it is delayed, submeters deliver a substantial return on investment. You can expect to recover the initial upfront costs within six to 12 months. As a submeter lasts up to 10 years, you are earning money on the submeter for at least nine years.

Hire a Plumbers 911 contractor to install submeters on your property, and you get a fast yet substantial return on investment.


Certain states legally require submeters

Some states legally require submeters on rental properties to promote responsible water use, conservation, and fairness to the tenant.

Under California’s SB 7, landlords are required to install submeters in apartments and other rental housing constructed after Jan. 1, 2018. Under the law, residents must be provided with accurate data on water usage. The resident pays for actual use rather than an estimation.


Need to install a submeter? Call Plumbers 911

If you need to install a submeter, call Plumbers 911. You will be connected with our network of local plumbing contractors to install a water submeter on your rental property. Bill tenants accurately for their precise amount of water used, and start protecting your bottom line.