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‘Liening’ On Landlords

City looks for way to smooth wrinkle in unpaid sewer bills

January 23, 2014

If you are a landlord in the City of Warren and you have a tenant who fails to pay the sewer bill, you do not find out about it until a lien is placed on your property and notice is served....

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Jan-24-14 10:58 AM

I am sooo over being a landlord. We have no rights and I have been *screwed* over more times than I can count, for more reasons than I can count. I had Andrea Stapleford contact me approx 3 years ago regarding water/sewer bills from tenants who rented from me in the early 2000's. She informed me that if these bills weren't paid that a lien would be placed on my property. I told her it is completely ridiculous to hold me responsible for bills incurred almost a decade earlier. I further explained that I had no way of tracking these individuals down to attempt to collect the debt after such passage of time. She told me that it didn't matter, as I was the property owner. I think if they want to hold a landlord responsible for a said bill, then some timely recording keeping should be in order. I am in the process of selling my single rental. I don't know how a person has multiple rentals and stays sane....

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Jan-24-14 8:16 AM

Bologna! It's the tenants' responsibility, just like the water and electric bills (if not included in the cost of the lease). Go after the tenants instead of mollycoddling them. I would never want to be a landlord with the way rules are set up. You can't even pick your tenant. If you don't like a particular lifestyle on YOUR privately owned property, too bad. You get sued, fined or worse if you decline occupancy. So much for a free America.

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