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July 30, 2013

In the July 22nd "What's on your mind?" section of the newspaper, Ms. Cofer suggests that landlords need to help pay their tenants' water bill....

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USABorn

Aug-02-13 3:18 AM

My water and sewer is included in my rent. Problem solved.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jul-30-13 9:54 PM

"Texas I believe locally, the price for upgrades to the two WSA treatment plants to be in compliance with new regulations is at least $110 million."--GysgtUSMC

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Hum!! I wonder if something could have been worked out to only spend the money to built only one of the water treatment plants and save taxpayers money while selling some of the less treated water to the gas companies to be used for fracking?

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Ritty77

Jul-30-13 5:21 PM

Water bills should be treated like other utilities. If having no water makes the place unfit for human habitation—well, that's the idea. If any utility is not paid for, it should be turned off after appropriate warnings.

And if your not paying the rent, get out; you're trespassing.

Also, I like my landlords to be pretty wealthy.

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ArtFold

Jul-30-13 9:08 AM

That was a fairly high water bill Ms. Cofer had. It makes me wonder how many people are living in her apartment and are they all supposed to be living there?

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spike2

Jul-30-13 8:33 AM

There is no enforceable action other than eviction. The water bill stays with the landlord. Maybe the landlords should -l do a flexible rent agreement. Do a base rent and increase the rent to the amount of the water bill divided by 3 over the 3 month cycle.

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enigma

Jul-30-13 7:25 AM

CitizenX said what I was going to say, so read that.

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idiottwo

Jul-30-13 7:13 AM

Rob, don't be silly. Can't we also pay for education, insurance, cell phones, food, transportation and the debt's of State and Fed spending?

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-30-13 6:43 AM

Texas I believe locally, the price for upgrades to the two WSA treatment plants to be in compliance with new regulations is at least $110 million.

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wwhickok

Jul-30-13 6:17 AM

I am sorry but I too have to agree with the letter. I am a renter and I can tell you first hand it's very hard to find a decent apartment at an affordable rent. I don't have a lot, I have enough just not alot. My wife and I have found an affordable situation but what makes it hard is other tenants who don't pay their bills or who stiff landlords on rent. It results in higher rent costs. There was a time when landlords covered utility costs but as they've risen over the years and as tenants have abused it significantly that has understandably changed.

People get too many handouts as it is that us taxpayers have to pay for. They deserve less.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jul-30-13 6:16 AM

Since part of the fixed fee is going to Chesapeake Bay cleanup, what are they really doing with this money?

Is one of the political parties laundering money through this organization??

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VinceKnauff

Jul-30-13 5:41 AM

Ms Cofer sure has a pretty smile, though. I'm not a landlord, but with that smile and assuming all else good, I'd help her. Not as a habit, but this one time, why not?

Because it won't be the last time.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-30-13 4:51 AM

As far as this letter, I agree. If you sign a rental agreement that states you are responsible, then live up to that responsibility. There are religious and other charitable organizations in this area if you need help, but don't feel property owners or government should be there to take care of your responsibilities.

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mikekerstetter

Jul-30-13 4:26 AM

I agree that the tenant ought to be held accountable. But since they aren't, and they know that, if I were a landlord I'd be doing something to insulate myself from the cost of being stuck.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-30-13 4:23 AM

Citizenx I agree. Rental property is no different than any other business venture. Water/sewer used to be relatively cheap so property owners often included these utilities with the rent. Due to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup initiative, this is no longer the case. State and federal regulations have made it necessary for the water authority to raise it's rates to a much higher level in order to pay for the multi million dollar improvements in order to be in compliance. Like any other business, landlords can no longer eat this cost and it has been passed to the tenants, who actually use this service. The problem lies because the water authority never changed it's policy holding the landlord responsible, instead of the actual user when the lease states they are responsible.

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CitizenX

Jul-30-13 3:30 AM

I totally agree with the letter writer. Conserve water and electricity if you want to lower your bills but why on earth would a tenant expect the landlord to help with their utility bills???? (Unless, of course, the bill is high because of a problem with the home such as an undetectable leak, faulty wiring, etc.)

If the lease says the tenant is responsible for utilities, why would it even occur to that tenant to think of the landlord helping pay the bills??

I am not a landlord nor a renter, but who is going to help me pay my utility bills if they are high??

The suggestion that a landlord help pay a tenants utility bills when that is not the agreement is just ludicrous and so typical of the entitlement mentality so prevalent in today's society.

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