This agreement should be completed if you are a rental property owner/landlord or property management company. In doing so, you request MVEC to transfer the electric service into your name when a property/unit has no current renter/tenant. You will receive an email notification when the service has been reconnected under your name when the tenant ends their service. When new renters/tenants take responsibility of the property/unit and put the electric in their name, your account is inactivated. You are only responsible for usage when the location is in your name between tenants.Landlord No Tenant Form
Why Would I Do This?
This agreement provides uninterrupted service to the property location. Without this agreement, power will be disconnected at the request of the renter/tenant when they end their MVEC account and you would then need to apply for service to be restored each time between renters. You will want the power on for showings, cleanings, and security purposes. This agreement eliminates those extra steps to remember and follow up each time a renter moves and keeps the electric service active at the location.
Importance of Third Party Notice
When electric service is disconnected on a rental property for non-payment, there can be consequences for both the property manager and/or owner as well as the tenant involved. The Third Party Notice is a document signed by both parties. If a disconnection letter is mailed, both parties will receive a copy. This allows the property manager and/or owner to be notified when their property is in jeopardy of being disconnected.
- Third Party Notice form: MVEC recommends property managers and/or owners have their tenants complete this form before keys are issued. The form must be signed by both resident and property manager to be valid. It is important because it is a signed document by both the landlord and renter. If a disconnection letter is mailed, both parties receive a copy. This allows the property manager and/or owner to be notified when their property is in jeopardy of disconnection.
- Account Set Up: If property is occupied, please ensure your tenants have contacted MVEC to set up an account in their name. Account set up fees apply.
- Transfer Service: Property managers and/or owners can avoid unnecessary disconnections by contacting MVEC to transfer service back to the owner. A lease is a binding contract between property owner and tenant, but does not involve MVEC. When a tenant takes service out of their name, someone has to put service back into their name as of the same date. There can not be a lapse in coverage.
- If service is disconnected, a reconnection fee will be applied to the account set up in either the property managers, owner’s name and/or the tenant’s name.
- Participation in Energy Wise Programs: MVEC members, who are renters, must have the owner of the property agree to the general terms of the Energy Wise programs prior to any installation.
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees F on winter days. If that’s too cool, try other ways to stay warm like layering with an extra sweater. You can save more energy by turning down the thermostat even lower at night or when no one is home.
- If you don’t always remember to adjust your thermostat manually, try a programmable model. In the right situation, set correctly, programmable thermostats can save $150 a year. A Wi-Fi thermostat can be managed from your smartphone, but before you purchase one, make sure your landlord approves.
- If you don’t mind less-used rooms being colder, save energy and money by zone heating. Electric baseboards make it easy because they typically have thermostat settings on the units or in each room.
- Portable electric space heaters can also be a good tool for zone heating if they are used safely and wisely in the area you spend the most time. Keep in mind, if you’re using space heaters, you’ll need to reduce the heating you’re supplying to the rest of the home in order to keep your overall electric bill down.
- If your heating system needs to be replaced, talk to your landlord about installing a mini-split system, which is perfect for zone heating and cooling, and easier to install than a new duct and furnace system.
- Small gaps around windows, doors, wiring, and plumbing can be major sources of energy loss and can be alleviated with weather stripping and caulk. A $10 door draft stopper is a simple way to block gaps underneath exterior doors. Sealing air leaks around your home could shave up to one-fifth of your heating and cooling bills.
- Your windows may be letting heat out during the winter and letting heat in during the summer. Window coverings like medium or heavy-weight curtains and thermal blinds can help. On cold winter days, window coverings can keep warmth inside. Opening up window coverings when there is direct sunlight can help cut your heating costs. Cover windows with clear plastic to reduce heat loss and air leaks.
- If the electric account is in your name, you have free access to an online SmartHub account which shows daily, weekly, and monthly comparable usage and may help you spot your energy trends and sudden changes.
- Ask your landlord for help. Installing better insulation, energy-efficient windows, or heating systems are investments that add appeal to their rental properties, which ultimately improve the value of the property. A self-audit with MVEC’s free My EnergyXpert Audit Tool may be a great way to start a conversation with your landlord about potential improvements.