Labor Day Weekend Clearance
157 Members and 12768 Guests Online

Viewpoints

if tenant wants alarm system installed in house, who pays?

Started 1300485269.54 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1300721485.65 by LipstickDiva

the landlord or the tenant? this is a single family home being rented to a family. the alarm system is portable and can be moved from house to house. who pays for monthly monitoring? thanks in advance.

Page 1 of 3
1 2 3 Next
TrackerGal1300485340.8123626 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007

If it is the tenant's alarm system, I would say them.

MamaWick1300485371.3134970 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004I will always be from St. Louis, but I now live in WI

I would think that the tenant would have to pay for everything associated. They are the ones requesting it, not the owner of the house. And, if it is truly portable, they would take it with them when they move.

Peace, Love and Dogs! Lynne.....

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace ~ Jimi Hendrix

I have OCD and ADD which means everything must be perfect, but not for very long

funinthesun1300485395.337305 PostsRegistered 11/11/2006Colorado

if they want it, they should have to pay for it. if landlord want to invest it in, he should redo the contract stating the equipment must stay or will come out of the deposit

MaggieToo1300485445.9838180 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004AZ

I don't believe alarm systems are required equipment in a rental, so I think it would be the responsibility of the tenant.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Beebo1300485493.9076958 PostsRegistered 4/13/2010

I'm assuming the rental agreement doesn't say anything about an alarm system and in that case, if the tenant wants an alarm system, the tenant pays for the alarm system.

Maggie Nol­ia1300485525.92314669 PostsRegistered 1/30/2006
On 3/18/2011 Silverstar said:

the landlord or the tenant? this is a single family home being rented to a family. the alarm system is portable and can be moved from house to house. who pays for monthly monitoring? thanks in advance.

The tenant, of course. It's their system. They'll take it with them when they leave. They choose whether to have it monitored or not.

Kind of like insurance -- if tenant wants his stuff insured, he needs to purchase contents insurance.

Last edited on 3/18/2011

Last edited on 3/18/2011

Buzzards fly in packs. Eagles soar alone.

Pray for the USA.


"Let's roll." ~ Todd Beamer, 9/11/01.

Zoologist1300485584.6076013 PostsRegistered 9/3/2010

They pay for the install and the monthly fee.

They take it with them when they leave.

Silverstar1300485772.9072794 PostsRegistered 4/22/2007

thanks for the quick responses. the current agreement says nothing about an alarm or monitoring. i'm going to tell them if they want it, they will have to pay for it and the monitoring expenses.

Nancy Drew1300486376.6635322 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Unless it is in rental agreement that home owner pays for it, Tenant pays. It is also same thing with Yard service.

Please don't put me in a timeout.

clemintine1300486451.67718212 PostsRegistered 11/5/2007C.C.

oh, tenant, for sure. It's for their protection of their stuff....and hopefully they also have renters insurance!!

heartkeeper1300486548.7031919 PostsRegistered 1/27/2007

The tenant pays.

Islandgirl­70321300486573.3812846 PostsRegistered 6/7/2007Savannah, GA

Tenant definitely.




ShowMe1300486594.3542363 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri

Glad you let us know you are the owner.

Would definitely check this question out with your attorney.

Personally I have never seen or heard of a portable alarm system. But, if they will be having it monitored, won't they have to have something done with the telephone service too? If it has to be mounted, who will be doing it, will it damage anything in the house where it is attached to......there are so many questions I could ask regarding this. Having worked in law offices, I would highly recommend you meet with your attorney so you know who is responsible for what.

Can't hurt to be on the cautious side

Formerly Fluffy329........

Proud to be from the St. Louis area and LOVE THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS!
Go Cardinals

Happy Shopping and Don't Spend All Your Money in One Place!!!!!

dgluvr1300486778.9675236 PostsRegistered 5/12/2008

Assuming you're talking burglar type alarm- the tenant--- but in NY. the landlord must now have a Carbon Monoxide system hardwired (not just the battery kind or plug-ins).

Wadzlla13004868571941 PostsRegistered 2/25/2009

Our daughter is a university student. living in a rental home near campus. As the economy has gottem worse, the crime rate has risen in all student housing. The landlord had a number of her properties broken into, so she has installed security systems on all of her rentals. She pays all of the expenses for the systems, and she raised the rent to cover the expense.

We were happy to pay the extra for the security.

millieshops1300486931.10714618 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

Tenant - especially since you say the system is portable.

I'm a tenant and would not expect my landlord to provide a system - unless we had discussed this at the time of rental or at a time when the rent is being raised!

ennui1300486955.09319957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 3/18/2011 Fluffy329 said:

Glad you let us know you are the owner.

Would definitely check this question out with your attorney.

Personally I have never seen or heard of a portable alarm system. But, if they will be having it monitored, won't they have to have something done with the telephone service too? If it has to be mounted, who will be doing it, will it damage anything in the house where it is attached to

Is this one of those alarms with a remote for the house keys? How can that be portable?

I'm sure the monitoring company will require some sort of contract.

Look at it this way, it could be a reason to raise the rent, or an asset for finding the next tennant.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

ShowMe1300487210.60342363 PostsRegistered 9/6/2010Missouri
On 3/18/2011 ennui said:
On 3/18/2011 Fluffy329 said:

Glad you let us know you are the owner.

Would definitely check this question out with your attorney.

Personally I have never seen or heard of a portable alarm system. But, if they will be having it monitored, won't they have to have something done with the telephone service too? If it has to be mounted, who will be doing it, will it damage anything in the house where it is attached to

Is this one of those alarms with a remote for the house keys? How can that be portable?

I'm sure the monitoring company will require some sort of contract.

Look at it this way, it could be a reason to raise the rent, or an asset for finding the next tennant.

I don't know, but I think you should be addressing your questions on here to the owner/landlord. I can't answer any of these questions. Sorry.

Formerly Fluffy329........

Proud to be from the St. Louis area and LOVE THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS!
Go Cardinals

Happy Shopping and Don't Spend All Your Money in One Place!!!!!

fashion_fr­eak1300488007.097859 PostsRegistered 9/23/2009

Tenant should sign the contract and pay ALL expenses. Be careful, I looked into Brinks, ADT, etc and they all want a 3 year agreement, so be very sure that your property and your interests are protected in this situation. It is in your rights to not allow them to alter the property to that extent.

CLEM1300492378.16712522 PostsRegistered 9/1/2008PA

The Tenant


kittysexton1300492728.9472118 PostsRegistered 10/25/2010

If its portable the tenant should pay. I don't think I would allow them to put in any other kind.

I have happily rented my adult life and feel that if I want something extra it is my responsiblity to pay for it after getting the landlord's authorization.

MISERABLE661300492797.994827 PostsRegistered 12/7/2010Noo Yawk

Tenant.

"Being miserable and treating people like dirt, is every New Yorkers god given right." - The mayor from Ghostbusters 2

Ellie07141300492831.7971791 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern California

my tenants pay for the monitoring service.

pearllady1300493433.4132967 PostsRegistered 4/8/2009PA

Tenant!! AND THEY should have renters insurance because your insurance only covers the house and anything of yours that is in it, like stove, refrig, etc. Hope they have it!

AuntieSoap1300493503.23751 PostsRegistered 11/5/2006PA, close to G-burg

Depends on what your lease says.... If it doesn't say "tennant pays for monitoring." it would be their responsibility... ... In some states ALL rentals must have a "fire alarm." installed in them........

Page 1 of 3
1 2 3 Next