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please help.... I moved into my apartment Nov 15th. I was just given a water bill covering the period from Sept 16th through Dec 16th. The bill is in the LL's name. Why would I be responsible for the entire bill??
Everything is negotiable. Make sure you read and understand every word of your lease. In real estate, it is what is written that matters.
Normally the landlord pays the water bill because water can create a lien on the property. Who pays the water bill should be spelled out in your lease I suggest you read your lease agreement it is a legal and binding contract if you still don't clearly understand and have questions then contact an attorney for legal advice. Never sign a contract without clear understanding of the content.
One would think if your have not transferred a utility into your name, the bill goes to the landlord. At that point per your contract, the payment should be paid by what has been arranged, rarely does something so obvious go without mention.. I would read your rental contract.. if there is nothing or catch-all then you do have some merit,, but basically most things in life have usage or better yet user's fee, You might want to see who pays for the garbage and sewer, often times those go together, or added to one's bill if there is a flat rate it he water is on a meter,, that indicates the opposite of a flat rate,, hence the need of transferring the bill in your name,,a true user's fee. There have been incidences where a tenant not only paid his bill but the bills of other units which might be vacant such as a duplex... the entire set up all resorts to the fine print,, read what you have signed,, and go from there good luck
if you have to pay water shouldn't you have your own account with the water company? also is it legal to charge some teants for water and not other tents?
One of the interesting things about rental or lease agreements is that they are negotiable. In some cases, if the water is metered, the landlord may have the renter pay for the service (or any other metered utility like electricity). However, if the service is a fixed price for the landlord (Internet or basic cable for example) , they may include it in the rent.
IT is negotiable. Either party can pay for utilities. If you would like to know what is customary in your area a local Realtor can tell you. You can also browse other rental listings nearby to see what the competition is doing.
Whether renting or buying, it is advisable to have a reputable Realtor to guide you through the process. There are many details to address and you need someone who can negotiate on your behalf. If you need suggestions for agents in your area, don't hesitate to contact me. Best wishes.
Usually the tenant pays all utilities.
Although very lease is different, it's not uncommon for the landlord to assume the costs of some utilities. Hope this helps.
I own rentals myself, and I prefer to alway provide the water and gardener, thus I can make sure the exterior stays in the condition I expect
Every lease is different, however, it's not uncommon for the landlord to assume the costs of some utilities.
This really depends on the lease or rental agreement, and is negotiated between the landlord and tenant. If the rent includes utilities, the landlord will pay the water bill, or if there is only one water meter in a 2-unit or more, the landlord may also pay the water bill.
It depends on if you are renting a condo with association fees or if you are renting a single family home. Typically condo's association fee may include the water and trash bill so therefore the landlord would pay the association fee. But on a single family home usually the renters will pay for the water bill.
My brother lives in a house that him my sister n myself own due to parents death...who is responsible for the gas n water bills? He lives there alone him n his girlfriend
It depends. Sometimes utilities are included in the rent cost, however some landlords require tenants to pay certain utilities on top of rent.
The answer varies property by property. Probably more landlords ask the tenant to pay utilities. There are apartment complexes where the water is included. You would need to negotiate with the landlord as to what they will pay. If you get them to agree to pay the water, make sure that information is included in the lease. Best wishes.
Cathy, as with most things in real estate it is negotiable. Some leases, known as a "net lease" would include all utilities.
There are rentals in which landlord will pay for the water and trash but for the most part water it is not included. When we as realtors check the leases for you we find the rental with the terms which are convenient for you or what you most desired.
Victoria Always, REALTOR
Negotiable with landlord. some condos have only one Water Heater and cost is prorated and divided by each unit. if in California, due to the ongoing drout. most of tenants pay their water bills.