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Landlord has point on water bills


January 24, 2018


It isn’t often that I take sides in disputes, but Bruce Hobbs has good reason to express his concerns regarding water bills for renters (“Homeowners object to being stuck with renters’ delinquent bill” Jan. 17).

The power company, the natural gas company and the sanitation department deal directly with their customers and do not hold a landlord responsible for unpaid bills. The city should not either.

Many years ago, I was serving on the City Council and periodically, the finance director would present a list of water bills requesting the council’s approval to write them...

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