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To the editor:
I am writing in regard to the sewer/water shut-off
policy. I know you are trying to collect, but is this legal to the
tenant who by contract pays their sewer bill with their rent? In
this circumstance I disagree with the policy of shutting off the
water service at the rental property or the tenant having any extra
I also do not agree that the tenant should be inconvenienced to
have to call to see if the landlord has paid the bill. Maybe the
sewer department should mail out notices to the tenants letting them
know the landlord is behind, but then again as a tenant, what do we
do if the bill isn't paid? Pay twice? The tenant should not be
without water or have to pay it again.
Some landlords do not care about their rental property or if
their tenants have water. If you enforce this policy in this type of
circumstance, then my solution is that the landlord should be held
responsible for all extra charges incurred and you should turn off
the water service at the landlord's own residence, not the rental
property. If you shut the water service off at the landlord's own
residence, then I am sure the landlord will be more apt to pay the
bill, to not be inconvenienced with extra charges or have no water
for themselves or their families.
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I'm sure there are other tenants in this situation who voice the
same opinion about this. This policy needs to be immediately
addressed, reviewed, corrected or dismissed in this situation, as
the tenant is the only one being affected. You need to reprimand the
landlord for not being responsible to pay the bill that he has
already been paid for, not the tenant.
From a responsible tenant,
January 21, 2012]
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