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Landlord should suffer the consequences of unpaid sewer bill

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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 charges.

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,

Dee Smith

[Posted January 21, 2012]

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