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It can go both ways, if the landlord pays for your water bill then the rent is probably a little more, now if you pay your own water bill then the rent should be a little less.
There is no golden rule that indicates or suggests who pays the water bill, nor is there any California law that regulates how a landlord bills tenants for water and sewer utilities. However, a few things to keep in mind:
Who pays for the water should be in your lease agreement/written rental agreement/oral rental agreement, if you have one;
The landlord is going to be looking at the best return on investment, so that said, if your landlord pays for the water, I would suspect that it would be padded into your rent amount. If your landlord does bill you for water utilities, it would be a good idea to find out and understand how the landlord calculates the amount for the bill.
I know there are a lot of answers out here, and really hope this helps.
Anything is negotiable but typically the Landlord pays for the water and the trash because they want the lawn watered and they want the trash taken out. But the Renter usually pays for the gas, electricity, phone, cable, etc.
Typically the landlord will pay the water bill to insure that the yard and landscaping stays in good shape. If the property is a condo or similar type SFR the HOA dues may cover water and trash. The best way to make sure is to call the property management company or the landlord and find out exactly what tenant is responsible for as far as utilities are concerned.
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This depends on what the lease is says, normally in Colorado the owner pays the water bill because water can create a lien on the property but that is not written in stone, the lease spells it out, read at your lease.
For the single family house renter pays the water bill, for apartment units landlord pays the water bill since it is not a separate piping for each unit.
I live in a 24 unite senior apt. I understand we pay part of the bill landlord pays other half. well late he has been going up every two mouths. now we pay 27.00 each. ask to see bill get told to ask for copy from manger who write thing we do not under stand
All great advice below. What I can add : .. No contract then and now is the time to .. negotiate for perks in your rental contact .. ( not living in a condo) Landlord wants the lawns front and back maintained. Someone must pay for water used to keep lawns fresh (winter time in Michigan ? But it’s a 12 month lease).. No contract .. ask landlord to help with winter heating cost and you’ll help maintain the lawns during summer months .. Everything is on the table and negotiable ..(8 months ago??)
This depends on how the lease is written. I would check with an attorney, if you have already entered in to a lease agreement with a Landlord.
In Southern California it depends on your lease agreement whether you pay the water bill or the landlord . If you do not have a copy of your lease agreement ask your landlord for a copy you signed. If there is no lease then contact your local Housing Authority and find out the regulations apply in your area.
It depends most landlords will outline what utilities and bills you are responsible for
Okay my name is Danielle I'm from Michigan now the landlord never gave us our our copy of the lease and we never signed anything For that we have to pay for the water at all I need help with good advise please
Legally the landlord can request the tenant to pay the usage of the water bill... the rest of the bill must be paid by the owner.
If a renter signed a contract to have uitilities put in their own name and has done so and is paying the bills late. Can the landlord turn off the water?
Cathy, I have lived in different states and areas in California where it was common for the landlord to pay for the water and sometime the trash. In southern California water bills can be higher depending on a several factors, where you live, yard size, and household use. If this is a concern for you try and find out what the average water bill was last year and was it vacant or occupied during that time. Best of luck!
Hi Cathy, Being in residential property management for the past 7 years, in this area (Southern California), tenant usually pays the water. However, it is not unusual to ask the landlord to consider paying a pre-determined amount of water into the monthly lease agreement especially if the property has a large grass yard in the front or back. Many times in this case, you as the tenant could structure a lease where the landlord pays water for up to $100 a month and the difference is paid by the tenant.
It may depend on whether you are renting a condo/townhouse or house as what is customary in the area you plan to live. Many of our condominium developments here in Oxford, MS have HOA fees that include water and sewer which is usually passed on to the tenant in the rent. If the property being rented is a residential house, the water and sewer expense is usually the responsibility of the tenant.
Tenant usually pays utilities unless they are shared, there is some agricultural reason (probably not in Lake Forest) or you "convince" them in the contract process.
It's usually paid by the tenant unless it's covered in the Association Fees or there is an agreement between tenant and landlord.
Its up to the landlord to decide to if they want to. If you bought a duplex for example you would make the decision.