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Landlord replacing roof on rental house, using our electricity.

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Landlord replacing roof on rental house, using our electricity.

So our landlord let us know two days ago that he was replacing the roof on the house we're renting. What he didn't let us know was they'd be running all their power tools on our hydro. I'm guessing these use a fair bit of power, what should I do about this? Don't want him upping our rent but don't want to be on the hook for a huge hydro bill.
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Seriously, the electricity cost (i.e. running compressors) might only be $5.
It is peanut when comparing to your damage if there is a water damage.
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hagbard wrote: If its $5 it's no issue. Been monitoring it, they've been here an hour, and they've already used 3kWhs. We use that amount in a day.
What is the electricity rate?
The roof will be done in a few hours.
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hagbard wrote: they've already used 3kWhs. We use that amount in a day.
You use 3kWh's of electricity in a day? I'd like to see your hydro bill...
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BDSL wrote: What is the electricity rate?
The roof will be done in a few hours.
Landlord said three days.
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hagbard wrote: If its $5 it's no issue. Been monitoring it, they've been here an hour, and they've already used 3kWhs. We use that amount in a day. Still, not something we should be paying for, its the landlord's responsibility and he who would suffer the most from water damage.

Had people here talk me out of going after our previous landlord for telling use we had to leave because he was downsizing and moving in. He sold the place shortly after we left. We didn't pursue it. The compensation would have been $10k. We're interested in doing what is fair.
3kwh would be roughly 50 cents all in.
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shabby wrote: You use 3kWh's of electricity in a day? I'd like to see your hydro bill...
Thats doable if you dont run AC or a dryer (the big energy guzzlers) and likely not a freezer and modest entertainment consumption.

- and no power tools!
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hagbard wrote: Landlord said three days.
You know, the rate is like $0.12 per kwh....
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Keep an eye on the water meter also OP; those buggers get thirsty on a sunny roof.
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new roof or 5$ in electricity?

such a hard choice
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hagbard wrote: Landlord said three days.
Three days?! How big is the roof?

I've never seen a roof take 3 days. Around us, they're always done in a day.
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Toukolou wrote: Three days?! How big is the roof?

I've never seen a roof take 3 days. Around us, they're always done in a day.
That's what I've always seen too. Never had it done in either of the houses we owned. But these guys did about an hours worth of work, now they've been sitting around for another hour doing nothing. Just not happy about any of it, he said it might need doing in the fall (when my daughter is back to school) then told on Saturday they'd start on Monday. My daughter doesn't deal with lots of noise (autistic) then they started plugging their tools in and we're very careful about our energy usage. Got exactly the sort of response I've come to expect from RFDs forums. I should learn not to ask anything here.
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Maybe we should all chip in and give the poor OP his $0.01
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seriously? it's like 12c per kilowatt hour....
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hagbard wrote: That's what I've always seen too. Never had it done in either of the houses we owned. But these guys did about an hours worth of work, now they've been sitting around for another hour doing nothing. Just not happy about any of it, he said it might need doing in the fall (when my daughter is back to school) then told on Saturday they'd start on Monday. My daughter doesn't deal with lots of noise (autistic) then they started plugging their tools in and we're very careful about our energy usage. Got exactly the sort of response I've come to expect from RFDs forums. I should learn not to ask anything here.
The legal advice on here is valued at exactly what you've paid for it.

That said - you were worried about a "huge hydro bill", which you've been informed is a baseless worry given that even at 3 days it is unlikely to be much more than $7.50. If you want to exercise your rights - inform the landlord you'd like to be compensated for your cost. Similarly, the landlord is entitled to reasonable access to maintain the structure. How much time and effort do you want to expend to dispute what constitutes reasonable access given that the roof apparently is in need of work and the result will protect you as much as the landlord?
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azmongold wrote: new roof or 5$ in electricity?

such a hard choice
Oh man OP is really old. lol in all senses.
steph3n wrote: seriously? it's like 12c per kilowatt hour....
does OP know this?
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hagbard wrote: That's what I've always seen too. Never had it done in either of the houses we owned. But these guys did about an hours worth of work, now they've been sitting around for another hour doing nothing. Just not happy about any of it, he said it might need doing in the fall (when my daughter is back to school) then told on Saturday they'd start on Monday. My daughter doesn't deal with lots of noise (autistic) then they started plugging their tools in and we're very careful about our energy usage. Got exactly the sort of response I've come to expect from RFDs forums. I should learn not to ask anything here.
Since the contract is between your landlord and the roofing contractor, then you should express your concern (i.e. roofing contractor taking too long and disturbing your family) to the landlord. For a typical average size house, new shingles and some new plywood would only between half a day or full day (depending on crew size).

The cost of electricity is very small. Just be happy the landlord is maintaining the property or it will be a nightmare for you if there is water leak / mold issue.
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The amount of electricity used will be minimal. You could try asking your landlord for $10 or $15 I guess but I don't think it's worth it. Would you be expecting the landlord to pay for the electricity/water if he/she needs to get the water heater changed, change out a toilet, or replace the fridge?

I think when I did my roof it was about 2 days. My house is about 1600 sqft. If the house is large then 3 days sounds reasonable. Those guys are sitting out there in the sun for hours at a time. They need to cool down, drink water, etc. They can't work for 10 hrs straight in the sun when it's so hot outside.

Is the noise that loud from the ground floor? If yes, maybe you can get your daughter to hang out in the basement with you. Maybe get her a pair of earmuffs if the noise is bothering her?
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fergy wrote: Thats doable if you dont run AC or a dryer (the big energy guzzlers) and likely not a freezer and modest entertainment consumption.
Its not doable, a fridge will easily use 2-5kWh a day depending on its efficiency. Its only doable if no one lives in the house.
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