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Old 08-23-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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My brother just moved in to Omaha, he never had OPPD before, and they made him pay a $350 deposit. Does this sound right to people? He has excellent credit (though I don't even think they do a credit check), and has never missed a bill.

Is it like this for everyone? And if it is, what are the terms of getting that deposit back (is it after a certain number of successful payments?

Just a ridiculous deposit. I've never seen anything higher than $50 anywhere in the country, and I've lived in NYC and LA, well known for gouging their residents.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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I believe mine was either 250 or 350, it's been awhile, so I forget.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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I believe mine was either 250 or 350, it's been awhile, so I forget.
How long until you got it back?
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:36 PM
 
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Mine was $100 and I just got it back almost 2 yrs later, in the form of a credit to my account.

The amount could be based upon the location, sq ft or average consumption of previous tenants over a few months enough for them to react and cut you off in case needed .
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Florida/Nebraska
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To prevent loss due to nonpayment of bills, OPPD may at any time require the customer to maintain a deposit with the company equal to double the maximum anticipated bill.
Source: https://myaccount.oppd.com/rsa/TermsAndConditions.aspx
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:56 AM
 
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Yep sounds right!
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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When I started, I was able to have it waived by having a co-signer of sorts. Anyone that is an OPPD customer in good standing I think can do this. Have him call and see if they still do it. That's what I did when I moved out and they waived the deposit. That is, if you or someone you know would be willing to do this for him.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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I went to their offices downtown to set up my account and asked the woman if should could waive this fee, which she promptly did. I don't know if this is out of the ordinary or not.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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$350 sounds right. That's what I had to pay when I opened a service account.

Since OPPD is more of a public utility, they push more of the potential costs for delinquent accounts onto new customers by making them pay that deposit. I think they waive the deposit if an established customer signs a sort of co-signer agreement to be responsible for your account if it become delinquent, but I'm not 100% sure.

It stinks but it's the minority that don't pay their bills that ruin it for the rest of us I guess.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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I don't know if it was that expensive, but they tried to do the same thing for me when I moved back to Omaha (after living in Minneapolis for a year). The only way I got around it was to have my dad sign something that stated he could vouch for me (as a longtime OPPD customer). This was pretty ridiculous because I was 24 years old at the time, had an excellent credit score, and had been gainfully employed and living on my own for a while. I never had to deal with anything like that in Minnesota.
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