Here is a twist… - Posted by Bo (GA)
Posted by Bo (GA) on March 14, 1999 at 12:39:23:
I had a tenant a while ago with whome I had a similar problem: The tenant moved in to my house, transferred all the utilities EXCEPT the water/sewer. As the account was previously in my name when the house was empty, the bills kept coming to me. I discussed this with my tenant who always had some excuse to why it hadn’t been done, but paid me for the water bills instead. I called the County Water/Sewer department (in Georgia) to ask what would happen if I did not pay my tenant’s (my rental house’s) water bill, and they said NOTHING! The water/sewer will NEVER be turned off, not on the account holder’s request and NOT EVEN for non-payment. Instead the charges will accrue and a lien will be filed against the house! So… if a tenant does not want to pay the sewer/water bill, they can not be forced to, and as a landlord I may not even know what has happened, unless I specifically check their water/sewer account status when they move out, assuming that they at least transferred the account to their name. Otherwise, the first time I will notice is when I try to sell the house!
Anyway, I now, as my SOP, always check the status of my tenant’s water’sewer account BEFORE i give deposits back.
.02 cents worth of ramblings.