How long is too long to wait for water?
October 17, 2010 10:56 AM Subscribe
[TenantsRightsFilter] I know that landlords and property management companies are required to provide hot water, but is there a time frame associated with this hot water?
posted by sacrifix to Home & Garden (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is in San Jose, California.
I just moved into a new apartment last week, and I really really like it. Except when I try to use hot water. I have hot water, however it takes a ridiculous amount of time for it to get warm. The kitchen sink takes somewhere between 5 to 10 minutes to get warm (since I don't have a dishwasher this is a particular nuisance), and the shower takes around 5 minutes. I haven't had the patience to wait for warm water in the bathroom sink, but I've noticed that if I just got out of the shower, I get hot water almost instantaneously in the sink (as long as the shower water was hot to begin with).
My question is thus: are landlords/property management companies expected to provide hot water that becomes hot in x minutes, or just provide hot water? I am wasting quite a bit of water (and more importantly, time) waiting for the water to become warm. To wash dishes I can boil water first, which would take less time than waiting for the water to get warm out of the tap, but it's 2010! I shouldn't have to do that.
I spoke with the manager of the apartment complex, and some of the other people that live there, and apparently this is just "the way it is". But I can't really live like this. I have signed a 1-year lease, and I need to know if this is an acceptable reason to be able to break my lease. I have a baby due in about 3 weeks, and having warm/hot water accessible at all times seems like something that would be necessary for a child.
For bonus points, if this is not enough of an issue for me to break my lease, what other options do I have for warm water? Could I put a tankless water heater under my sink(s)? Would I be required to pay for the additional electricity used? Any other thoughts, suggestions, or comments?
Thanks in advance,