The Tenant Smells Gas!

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The Tenant Smells Gas!

Sun City TX  Georgetown Tx 78633I was showing a rental property here in Sun City Texas over the weekend.  The prospective tenants had already decided to take the home, made application, credit & background approved, and we were delivering checks and signing the lease.  We decided to meet at the property so they could take some photos and measurements.  They also wanted to show off the property to a sister who already lives in Sun City Texas.  Things were going well.


We were finishing up and went to the garage where the furnace and hot water heater are located. The sister smelled gas.  None of the other three of us smelled anything, but that doesn’t make a difference.  If one person smells gas, the gas company must be called to be sure.

Atmos Gas Man

Our local gas company is Atmos. They dispatched a technician on Saturday afternoon and he arrived about 5PM. As the broker for this property, I had no choice, but to stick around and wait for the technician to arrive as the tenants left.   Good thing I did.  The sister apparently has a great nose as there was a small leak at the connection to the hot water heater.  The technician made the repair, check the entire house for other potential leaks, replaced the obsolete meter on the outside of the house, and re-lit the hot water heater. The house is now 100% and ready for occupancy.


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Ben Blonder
Broker/Owner, Keller Williams - Fort Collins, CO
Buyers, Sellers, Investors!

Thank god for those with good noses! So glad some people can detect gas when others can't. Always good to go by the rule, if one smells it, call the gas company!

Nov 01, 2011 06:30 AM #1
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Brian -- That is great, that the leak was caught while it was small and before it created an explosion and destroyed the house!  The updates make it even better.  Have a fantastic week!

Nov 01, 2011 08:32 AM #2
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I just showed a house yesterday to a prospective buyer.  When I opened the closet door, I could smell gas! The listing agent was very greatful for the heads up phone call.

Nov 01, 2011 12:40 PM #3
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

Your judgement was right on with trusting the one person with the good sense of smell.  I have had a very similar experience as what you describe and the words from the gas company man were almost identical to your own- trust the sensitive nose!

Nov 01, 2011 12:53 PM #4
Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
For Homes on the Jersey Shore

LOL. I thought you were saying the tenant smells GOOD. I was sure the post had something to do with Herman Kane and had to read.

Good information. Good luck.

Nov 01, 2011 01:00 PM #5
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


I have learned to respect those that have a better sense of smell.  Way to take a comment seriously and get it taken care of.  

All the best, Michelle

Nov 01, 2011 01:15 PM #6
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

How are you going to reward the sister who smelled the problem? Just think about what might have happened if the problem had not been detected and corrected.

A thank you letter with a free coffee card hardly seems adequate in this case.

Nov 01, 2011 04:09 PM #7
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Interestingly enough, natural gas has no odor so an additive is mixed with the gas to create that one kind of small that says "gas leak."

Nov 01, 2011 04:35 PM #8
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Isn't it crazy that no one else smelled it! I have a good nose on me as well! Which is a good think since I have gas for heating, hot water heater, fireplace and stove! I just can't cook with electric! Gas is so much superior!

Nov 01, 2011 04:40 PM #9
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Her keen sense of smell, and your diligence with the gas company may have prevented a catastrophe.

Nov 01, 2011 05:17 PM #10
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I have "one of those keen noses" and can smell odors before others notice them.  Not always a gift to have...but certainly a good safety feature when it comes to natural gas.

Nov 01, 2011 10:27 PM #11
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Fortunately your tenant smelled the gas and the gas company could come quickly to take care of the problem. Property managemnet is not easy.

Nov 01, 2011 11:50 PM #12
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Congrats on addressing it right away and getting the situation resolved without any disasters. Thank goodness they wanted to show their new place to their sister!

Nov 02, 2011 12:02 AM #13
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brian, a very good decision to call the gas company. Thankfully, the Sister had a good sense of smell.

Nov 02, 2011 01:27 AM #14
Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est


Thanks to all who have commented.  I learned a long time ago that gas is a great source of energy, but has to be reckoned with carefully. If there is any hint of a leak, call the gas company, they want to help.


Nov 02, 2011 01:47 AM #15
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm agreeing with every one else here.  Very smart not to dismiss the sister's sense of smell.

Nov 02, 2011 01:53 AM #16
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

It takes maybe a minute on the phone to report a gas odor.  And it can be a fatal mistake to ignore.

Nov 02, 2011 02:55 AM #17
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I learned to be hands on with certain things that come up...tenant complaints and specifically gas leaks are one of them. I had 2 episodes that could have been quite costly to repair if left to remedy on their own. My investigation led to the problem and then solution quickly and without dragging it out.


Nov 02, 2011 03:53 AM #18
Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est

Gabe - You are right. Can't dismiss , even if its a false alarm.

Eric - A minute to report and an hour to wait for the technician was OK.

Richie - I agree.  These "problems" are best dealt with quickly so they don't fester.

Nov 03, 2011 03:17 AM #19
Kathy Lewellen
Quantum One Realty - Singer Island, FL
Condo Specialist, Singer Island

A nose knows! Its a good thing you were so responsible and didn't dismiss it! 

Nov 03, 2011 08:49 AM #20
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