Can the city call my landlord about my water bill?

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Can the city call my landlord about my water bill?

Can the city call my landlord about my water bill? I have a shut off notice that I attend to pay this week and the city called my landlord and told them I had a shut off notice and the amount of the bill.

Asked on May 7, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the local water department of the municipality can and has the legal obligation to call your landlord about the impending water shut off notice that you received for the following reasons:

1. your landlord owns the building that you are renting and if the water is shut off, a potential danger could result due to lack of sanitation in the rental separate and apart of a fire issue where should a fire arise, there would be no immediate water to help eliminate the fire;

2. your failure to pay the water bill for your rental could very well be a breach of the express conditions of your presumed written lease and if not, could very well be a breach of an implied agreement with your landlord.


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