Can Landlord Have tenant pay public sewer and water bills in the lease?

By Rebecca Taft

I have a house that I am renting out in Middletown Rhode Island. I have always had in the lease that the tenant pays all utility bills, including specifically water and sewer bills. Is this legal to do- my current tenant is questioning it, and I dont want to do anything illegal…

Edited on: Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 9:01 pm

3 Responses to “Can Landlord Have tenant pay public sewer and water bills in the lease?”

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Rebecca Taft

July 31st, 2010 1:34 pm

Also- I should add that way that sewer is billed. It comes as a seperate line item with the tax bill for the house. There is one charge of 31.75 for reading of the (water)meter. And then another line that shows how many gallons of water was used, and then the rate for each 1000 gallons used, and the total for that. SO its based on usage but shown as a “tax”… It is in the signed and initialled lease that they pay sewer and water.

sharon staiduhar

November 5th, 2010 10:32 am

i am currently renting a house in mayfield heights, ohio and am concerned that the water bill is my responsibility. is this correct?


December 6th, 2012 11:15 pm

I have five rental homes in California. I pay water bills for all five houses.


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