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Tenant didn't pay utility bill question

Discussion in 'Other Residential Landlord & Tenant Issues' started by obelix, Nov 1, 2010.

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  1. obelix

    obelix Law Topic Starter New Member

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    So kind of a strange one.

    I moved out of my house back in july, had the water and power disconnected.

    I signed a lease that specified that the tenant pays all utility bills. The tenant moved in at the end of july.

    I ended up evicting the tenant and they moved out in the middle of october.

    I go over to the house and checked the mail last friday to find a letter from the county water utility addressed to the address but nobody's name on the envelope.

    I opened it to find that they were going to cut off the water and not reconnect it until the current resident didn't pay for water usage, and a penalty.

    Of course there is no "current resident" because I evicted them. The tenants I had apparently cut the lock off the meter and was stealing water the entire time.

    Obviously I'm not to blame here, I had no idea they did this, the county let it go on for 3 months before sending the letter or doing the audit or whatever, but I fear that they may force me to pay it or not turn on the water for my next tenant. I have the lease and the Writ that shows they lived there and were evicted immediatly after I disconnected the water.

    Who will have to pay for this?
     
  2. FlaRiptide

    FlaRiptide New Member

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    The homeowner is ultimately responsible. You will need to collect from your tenant if you can locate them.
     
  3. bluemann33

    bluemann33 New Member

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    I would contact the water co. about this with a copy of the lease. the water co. could get the police involved with this as it is stealing a public utility, if its over a certain amount it will be a felony. Good luck.
     

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