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Old 12-05-2007, 11:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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I have heard from some that the first water bill comes with a $500 'bonus', some say it is from over watering? Sounds like an assement since the numbers I am hearing have been close.

If you can, I would appreciate some light on the matter.


Thanks!

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Old 12-05-2007, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I'm fairly certain that would be from SAWS not reading the water meter for a long time. The first house I rented here nailed me with a huge electric bill because the electricity ran for months without anyone reading it. They didn't read it because it was "turned off", but of course they don't actually turn it off.. so I got to pay for the A/C running and was not happy at all. The worst part was the person on the phone from CPS could not comprehend what I was telling her. She admitted the last time it was checked was months before I had it "turned on", but couldn't understand that the electricity never went off.. I guess she was new or something..
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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You are not legally responsible for the electric if you did not own or rent the house. You are only liable from the date of the lease, the owner is liable if the electric is "turned off" and meters not read.
If you own the house, and rent it out, you as owner would be responsible for the time the house is vacant until rented.
Same goes for water.
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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The hard part is getting SAWS/CPS to understand that. I would highly suggest writing down the meter reading on the day you move in, demanding they come out and read it that day, and taking a picture of the meter on that day (with a newspaper or something). I thought my situation was pretty simple, but nobody at SAWS could comprehend it.. That was basically my welcome to SA present...
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