Have you ever discovered a tenant "borrowing" electricity via an extension cord from an adjacent apartment when his electricity has been turned off? Or found a penny or mismatched fuse in the fuse box? How about observing multiple electric appliances on one outlet or cords running under carpets?
Monitoring for these risky tenant behaviors is essential. Learning about common electrical problems, safe and economic solutions and important upgrades to electric systems will be the focus of speaker Phil Binkiwitz of BECC Electric. Members of the Landlord Association and interested prospective members will meet on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Bell Towers, 10 Ruggles St., Dunkirk. Admission is free. There is an annual membership fee of $10 which helps cover the cost of useful materials and guidelines for responsible landlords upon joining.
The mission of the Landlord Association states "we will strive through programs of education for our members to better understand the rights and responsibilities of real estate investment. We will learn from each other's experiences and strive to support strong and healthy businesses for our members. We will provide a time and place to exchange information to support one another and to have a positive impact on our community."
Solidarity with other landlords, including cooperation with the Real Estate Investor Association of Jamestown (REIA) helps assure the selection of responsible tenants who respect property, neighbors, and the overall appearance and well being of the city.
Shared information and experiences help identify more widespread problem areas. We encourage all local landlords to join and advance these goals.