Posted by John on August 09, 2000 at 09:57:43:
In Reply to: eviction for not paying water bill? posted by ci on August 08, 2000 at 21:05:16:
If your first lease states that you are responsible for the water bill, then you must pay the water bill. If your landlord added this cost to a renewal lease and you agreed to it, then you must pay the water bill. If you didn't agree or were confused about the legal terms of your lease... Hire a lawyer to avoid eviction (at least for the moment).
What was said and what was written on you lease is always to the benifit of the landlord, because he has documented the terms of the lease. I assume you live in a private house, because to agree to pay any basic utilites the landlord is responsible for is ludicrous.
: Our lease says we are responsible for water bill (new thing the LL is doing, along w/ a rent increase. We have an addendum to our lease stating how the bill will be figured, but it does not state when it is due or what the late fee is.
: There was a note on our door last month stating we had to pay the water bill WITH our rent. We didn't. The rent was on time. Today we rec'd a "5 day pay or quit" notice for the water bill. Does this sound legal? Can a LL make you pay utilities WITH your rent?
: (we live in Oklahoma)
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