4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 7, 2012 11:13 AM by stjvilla RSS

    Help! 8 day rental, shower pressure issues, renter wants refund

    New Member

      We have a beachfront condo, 1 bath - 4 renters.  They stated the shower was fine when they checked in, and 3 days later, contacted my on-site housekeeper/maintenance staff regarding the shower pressure.  They tried cleaning the showerhead, ect., had a plumber in (but not the same day because renters did not want anyone in the unit when they were absent).  The plumber said when they (Condo assn staff) replaced the tub/shower fixtures about a year ago, the valve was not changed.  He feels that he can cure the problem by flushing acid through the pipes, however, it has to sit in the pipes for a day, and then be flushed out.

      Meanwhile, my tenants are hosing off by the beach and then "finishing their showers" in the unit due to low water pressure.  The tenants called me on Day 6 to let me know what was going on.  I presume they are going to be looking for a refund, and I believe they are due one, but I have no idea how to calculate it.  I am thinking that since when they told me there were 2 days left, I give them a 1 night discount?


      Message was edited by: karen.smith I should clarify that it was my cleaning staff who tried cleaning it and contacted the plumber, whom I will pay for.

        • Re: Help! 8 day rental, shower pressure issues, renter wants refund
          carol Premier Contributor

          It's a shame they didn't tell you right away instead of trying to fix it themselves -- you could have put them up in a hotel for 24 hrs and fixed it.   Still, I think I would refund them at least 1/3 of the rental price plus whatever they paid the plumber (if they paid the plumber). 

          • Re: Help! 8 day rental, shower pressure issues, renter wants refund
            stjvilla Active Contributor

            We feel you should be proactive and offer a refund before they ask for one.  If you apologize sincerely and then say something like "We feel it is only right to compensate you for the inconvenience and we will refund X day's rent."


            They did call your own maintenance people, even if they didn't call you so they did the right thing.  However, how bad was the water pressure?  A mere trickle or just less than normal?  Not that you should bring this up or quibble about the severity of the issue.  Since it bothered them, just apologize strongly and give them the refund.


            Assuming they didn't pay the plumber, definitely offer maybe 2 day's rent of the 5 days they had this problem.  After all, it couldn't have completely ruined their stay.  It may depend on how upset they seem and from what you say, they seem to have coped okay so should be happy with an offered refund.

              • Re: Help! 8 day rental, shower pressure issues, renter wants refund
                New Member

                Thanks for your input - I took your advice on being proactive, offered to refund 2 nights for their inconvenience, and they were very happy with that, and actually want to book again next year. 


                As a side note - if you own rental property in an old complex, you could run into these same issues - prior to our pulling out of the condo's rental pool last fall due to severe mismanagement, the condo manager oversaw the installation of the new tub and shower, as there was a leak somewhere in the wall, and they had to replace the tub after tearing it out.  The plumber we have contacted worked for the maintenance department at the condo complex, and the Manager told him that he was not to replace any of the old equipment, including the valve, which is now our issue.  If they would have contacted us, we would have paid for it!


                I have a same day turnaround, and have to rent another unit for my new guests while the shower is fixed.  I guess we should have asked more questions when they were doing the tub work, but I never thought they would only do it halfway, so to speak -