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evicted tenant water bill (by Brian [PA]) Oct 22, 2010 3:21 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by Jason PA [PA]) Oct 22, 2010 4:19 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by Pat [VA]) Oct 22, 2010 4:49 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by joann [PA]) Oct 22, 2010 5:22 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by Cheryl [CT]) Oct 22, 2010 5:24 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by Brian [PA]) Oct 22, 2010 7:19 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by Robert J [CA]) Oct 22, 2010 10:56 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by Brian [PA]) Oct 22, 2010 11:41 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by cody [PA]) Mar 6, 2011 6:41 AM
       evicted tenant water bill (by Adam [PA]) Jul 20, 2011 4:37 PM


evicted tenant water bill (by Brian [PA]) Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 3:21 AM
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Looking for a little guidence on a situation we have not been in before. We evicted a tenant for non-payment. He owes a water & sewer bill, which he is obviously not going to pay. I have no forwarding address for the tenant. Water company says it is my responsibility to pay!?!? Any input anyone has if this is truly my responsibility would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Brian

--214.27.xx.xxx




evicted tenant water bill (by Jason PA [PA]) Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 4:19 AM
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In PA if the untility company is a government owned entity then yes owner would have to pay. If it is a private utility they can't do that. --98.111.xxx.xxx




evicted tenant water bill (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 4:49 AM
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We only have one SFH on town water. We always have to sign a paper with them when there is a new tenant. I am sure it is along those lines about who pays if tenant doesn't. --71.51.xx.xxx




evicted tenant water bill (by joann [PA]) Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 5:22 AM
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our water co for the rental wouldn't even let us put it in the tenants name. we have to pay it --96.245.xxx.xx




evicted tenant water bill (by Cheryl [CT]) Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 5:24 AM
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MY experience has been that the owner is ultimately responsible for water bills. The company can put a lien against the property if you don't pay. What I do is state in the lease that the tenant shall pay water & sewer bill within 10 days of receipt of bill as additional rent. This way if they don't pay, you can evict for non-payment of rent. Also, I have bills sent directly to me and I then send a copy to tenant. They must re-imburse me for the bill. This way I keep track of their payments and aren't surprised when they move out to find that they haven't paid in a while. --98.179.xxx.xxx




evicted tenant water bill (by Brian [PA]) Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 7:19 AM
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Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I will definitely make provisions in the lease to prevent further issues. --214.27.xx.xxx




evicted tenant water bill (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 10:56 AM
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With one of my rental properties, when the tenant moved out I confirmed with the water company the tenants were current with a little pro-rated balance to be mailed to the tenants new address, they purchased a home in the area. To my surprise three months later I received past due notices from the water company, they owed six months worth of previous service and was now billing me for the water. I filed a complaint since I returned the tenants security deposit after I was told there was no past due bills. The water company put a lien against my rental and refused to go after the tenants. I then filed a case in small claims court against the tenants and the water company -- they both showed up in court. The tenant stated they paid their bills on time and owed nothing. The water company said they are owed six months worth of service. I proved, through letters and recordings (made a tape of the phone calls with the water company, legal beause they system said their calls are recorded for tranning and other useage). The judge ruled the water company had to sue the tenants and had to remove the lien against my property of pay me $5000. The next day the lien was removed. --173.55.xxx.xxx




evicted tenant water bill (by Brian [PA]) Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 11:41 AM
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Due diligence paid off. Great story and outcome. Not so sure my situation will pan out as favorable as yours though. I am owed back rent and the security deposit, well, when the tenant moved, they took with them the stove, fridge, washer and dryer. They really ripped me off. --122.201.xx.xx




evicted tenant water bill (by cody [PA]) Posted on: Mar 6, 2011 6:41 AM
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Is it law landlord must put water charges in the rent? --64.136.xx.xxx




evicted tenant water bill (by Adam [PA]) Posted on: Jul 20, 2011 4:37 PM
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In the state of Pennsylvania the Public Utilities commission Has a law that it is the responsibility of the tenant and landlord to have a contract stating who pays the water and/or sewer bills. If there is no such agreement the Utility company whether it is privately owned or Government owned can come after the owner. Also they both have the rights under Pennsylvania Utility Code to put a lien on a home if there is money owed. The Utility company cannot prevent the sale of the property/home but they will be one of the first to collect money from the sale of the said parcel.

I own a small water company about 45 min north of Harrisburg Pa and have review every law because of all the money owed to the utility when I took it over. Also a company can refuse to supply water to you property if it has not changed ownership if said amount is paid and they can charge you a set amount for turning it off and back on. --71.58.xxx.xxx





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