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The city in which I live and own a rental, claims I am responsible for a water bill my tenant did not pay. The account is in the tenants name only, but the city claims I am responsible because I own the property. I maintain I cannot be held responsible because the account is not in my name. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Dale.
dale g, OR on Friday, March 18, 2011
RE: non payment of utilities
Unfortunately most cities hold landlords liable for tenant water bills, because it's easy to collect from landlords (they just attach a lien to the leased property) whereas it's nearly impossible to collect from deadbeat tenants. My rental properties are in Baltimore, and what I do is pay the water myself, and bill the tenants for it. If they don't pay, I can take them to court for it as if they hadn't paid rent.
Posted by Ralph F, CA on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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