I currently have a tenant who is refusing to pay the service and storm water charges of the water bill in Philadelphia. They believe the city has something stating that tenants are only responsible for the usage portion, not the service and storm water. I own a few rental properties and also manage about 45 other units throughout Philadelphia and have never heard of this. I tried looking this up but haven't found anything and spoke with a few other people in which they never heard of this either. Although my tenants could possible be right, I don't believe this is the case. Anyone out there hear or know more about this in Philadelphia?
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pay the flat fee each month if they are a responsible tenant w/good on time payment history. Sorry to say either way you will likely end up losing something. Those charges are about $320/yr so I would weigh that against the worst case scenario if the problem persists.
It might be a hole in the lease where these are "fees" and not technically utilities so if the lease doesn't say the tenant pays these "fees" then the landlord must pay them. Generally anything not spelled out in the lease becomes the responsibility of the drafter of the lease.
What does the lease say? I don't really see where the owner can't pass costs along to tenants. Now there are some utilities that are lienable and perhaps the tenant is confused that because the City can lien the property if it's not paid Nike Air Force 1 Low Ultra Flyknit Quai 54
I would not recommend putting the service into the tenants name. It will enable the tenant to stop paying and just open another account and repeat. You will eventually be stuck with a lien from unknown bills.
I would reference the language in your lease in a letter sent to your tenant. If your tenant refuses to pay you will be deducting this from security deposit upon eviction or move out. You will want clear documentation in the event any legal issues arise.
I have been to the city's law department and spoke to a representative there. Even that worker echoed what your tenant is saying. I was told the owner should Nike Air Force Ii Low be responsible for the stormwater/service and NOT the tenant. I think the logic was that because the property owner is billed stormwater charges while the house is vacant, therefore the owner should continue to be charged not the tenant. However it was a verbal statement of this persons opinion, so not sure how accurate it is. I imagine like most things in Philly you could get a different response depending on who you talk to and what mood they are in.
In my opinion with a single family, either keep it in the owners name and send them a copy of the bill each month and deal w/eviction if they don't pay it per the lease; or amend the lease and suck it up to Nike Air Force 1 Womens Low
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