Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Greedy Fat Cats at The Water Authority Are Getting Challenged Again

A member notified me that there is another great bill in our state House again. This time attempting to completely eradicate the language that allows the Water Authority to bill us as landlords for deadbeat tenant unpaid water bills.

The bill was introduced by Daniel W. Marshall III.

It will remove all of the below language:

 § 15.2-5124. Delinquent payment of rates and charges.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, if the use of any water or sewer system is contracted for by an occupant who is not the owner of the premises and such occupant's premises are separately metered for service, the owner of any such premises shall be liable only for the payment of delinquent rates or charges applicable to three delinquent billing periods, which together shall not exceed a period of ninety days. No authority shall refuse service to other premises of the owner not occupied by someone who is delinquent in the payment of such rates or charges on account of such delinquency provided that such owner has paid in full any delinquent charges for which he is liable. No authority shall refuse service to or unreasonably delay reinstatement of service to premises vacated by a delinquent occupant if a new party has applied for service, provided the owner of the premises has paid in full all delinquent charges for which he is liable.

(Code 1950, § 15-764.12; 1950, p. 1318; 1954, c. 554; 1958, cc. 400, 402; 1960, c. 430; 1962, cc. 130, 623, § 15.1-1250; 1968, cc. 355, 556; 1970, cc. 444, 617; 1972, c. 161; 1979, c. 280; 1980, c. 159; 1981, c. 610; 1983, c. 422; 1984, c. 554; 1994, c. 477; 1997, c. 587.)

Please go to this webpage and input your address if you don’t know who your state Senator and Delegate are or don’t have their contact information. Then email or call them to leave a message to support HOUSE BILL NO. 1424 to remove the language that allows the Water Authority to bill a landlord for a deadbeat unpaid tenants bill.

Please go ahead and do it. If you were thinking it won’t matter because someone else will I can assure you they won’t. You have to remember the common saying that in any group there are 5% of the people doing  95% of the work. You’re help is needed on issues like this that can or have effected you. I have almost all multifamily houses so I pay most of the water bills on my properties. This does not effect me but I am going to stick my neck out there and support you in what’s right which is the removal of the ability for the Water Authority to bill a landlord for something that we had no use of and didn’t cosign for. The next thing in line will be their power bill and their gas bill. So get on the ball and do something please as it is an important subject.

Please take the 5 minutes to send an email or leave a voicemail or message with the receptionist who will answer if there on how you stand regarding this issue.

If the bill passes the house it goes straight to the Senate to be signed. Similar actions have taken place and they passed the house and passed the Senate committee to later fail on the Senate floor. So contact both your House member and your Senator so they know when it hits their floor vote for it.


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