As the demand for housing intensifies and urban spaces become more constrained, innovative housing solutions are gaining traction. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have emerged as a practical and sustainable approach to address housing challenges while making the most of available space to create small, affordable housing opportunities. But with the inclusion of ADUs on a property comes the challenge of fairly recovering utility costs. Ratio Utility Billing is the answer! Read on to learn more about how you can make the most of this revenue-generating opportunity.
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For many Housing Providers, offering "utilities included" rent packages was once a competitive advantage, attracting Residents with the allure of predictable monthly costs. However, in today's economic climate, this seemingly convenient practice can quickly devolve into a financial tightrope walk.
Nationwide, utility bills are soaring at an alarming rate, outpacing the ability of Housing Providers to adjust rents in accordance with these rising costs. That includes water, sewer and trash bills, especially in places affected by drought and aging water system infrastructure. This discrepancy is particularly acute in jurisdictions with rent control measures, leaving Housing Providers caught in a vice of escalating expenses and limited revenue streams. But there is a light at the end of that particular tunnel.
2024 is here! Whether or not you set resolutions, it's natural to look for ways to improve your business at the beginning of a new year. This is a great time to think about building and bettering your properties for the sake of your business growth and development. The health of your business is everything. You can't serve Residents and protect your investments without a healthy bottom line.
As a Housing Provider, one of the most fundamental responsibilities you have is collecting rent, and in some cases, utility payments from your Residents. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to have Residents who fall behind on their payments for rent and utilities, leaving you to navigate the difficult and often uncomfortable process of collecting those outstanding bills.
We know that Housing Providers like you want positive and professional relationships with your Residents. Unfortunately, those relationships can become strained when it comes to managing late payments. We’ve already talked about best billing practices, but even the best systems and efforts can’t prevent late payments sometimes. To help you maintain positive relationships with your Residents, follow these best practices when dealing with delinquent payments, whether on rent or utilities, to maximize your cost recovery.
“At Livable, we want to keep residents and property owners up to date on issues that impact everyone in the rental market. We sympathize with tenants having financial issues, especially in the current inflationary climate. But we also recognize that housing providers are investors. Livable helps protect the health of those investments while educating residents on conservation, which saves everyone money and helps the planet.” - Livable CEO Daniel Sharabi
With utility costs continuing to climb while rents and unit demand are dropping, the best way to improve your bottom line is to implement a ratio utility billing system (RUBS), an inexpensive and easy way to make tenants financially responsible for their usage and incentivize conservation.
2023 is here! Whether or not you set resolutions, it's natural to look for ways to improve your business at the beginning of a new year. This is a great time to think about building and bettering your properties for the sake of your business growth and development. The health of your business is everything. You can't serve tenants without a healthy bottom line.
In a world of softening rental markets and rising utilities, utility cost recovery is essential to your bottom line! Even a simple mistake in your billing system can end up costing thousands. Avoid these four common utility billing errors to keep your investments healthy.