Water bills--another option when deciding who is to pay

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With more and more communities activating water meters, it is now the norm for tenants to be responsible for the water bill.  In making this decision it then becomes another task to bill the tenant and monitor whether they pay the bill (or reimburse the owner when specific water companies do not permit tenants to establish service directly).  More steps can mean more costs for the manager and the owner.  An option is to have the owner pay the minimum cost for water and advise the tenant that they reserve the right to bill them for amounts exceeding the basic water allotment.


--James Safonov 


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John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

Not sure I get it James. Down here in SF we pay for every drop of water we use, via readings from the meter - always have. And the sewer surcharge costs more than the water!

Dec 30, 2011 08:25 PM #1
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Our county will notify the property owner if the tenant is deliquent AND send a copy of the final bill to the property owner.  I verify payment prior to refunding a departed tenant's security deposit and have a 20% service charge IF I have to pay it!

Dec 30, 2011 10:12 PM #2
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