City of Truesdale, MO
Warren County
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Section 700.010 Utility Bills — Landlord Responsibility for Unpaid Bills.

[Ord. No. 452 §§1 — 4, 10-12-2005]
A. 
Landlords Responsible For Utility Bills. Every property owner shall be responsible for any utility charges or fees left unpaid by any tenant of the premises served by the water or sewer utility and where the landlord or property owner fails to pay the utility charges, the City may refuse to provide any water service to the property with the delinquent charge even in the name of a subsequent tenant or new owner of the property.
B. 
Delinquent Accounts. When a tenant is delinquent in payment for thirty (30) days, the City shall make a good faith effort to notify the owner of the premises receiving such service of the delinquency and the amount thereof. Any notice of termination of service shall be sent to both the occupant and owner of the premises receiving such service. When an occupant is delinquent more than ninety (90) days, the owner shall not be liable for sums due for more than ninety (90) days of service.
C. 
Penalty — Severability — Effective Date. This Section shall be in full force and effect upon its passage and approval, except that landlords will not be liable for unpaid delinquent utility bills incurred before the effective date of this Section October 12, 2005, unless the utility customer remains a tenant of the landlord for ninety (90) days past the effective date of this Section. The provisions of this ordinance are severable as provided in Section 1.140, RSMo. Those provisions of this Section, which establish an offense, are subject to the general penalty provisions provided by law, that is a penalty of zero dollars ($0.00) to five hundred dollars ($500.00) or zero (0) to ninety (90) days in jail, or both a fine and a jail sentence.
D. 
Landlord Options. To assist landlords in determining that their tenants have responsibly paid their obligations, the City offers property owners the following options, which a landlord may select provided he/she does so in writing sent directly to the City Hall. In the absence of a written exercise of any of these options, the City shall continue its present billing and collection practices.
1. 
Deposit. The City charges a utility deposit as set out in Section 705.065 of this Code.
2. 
Landlords or property managers of property within the City of Truesdale can request a duplicate copy of the utility bill when there is a delinquent amount shown and the utility service is set up in the renter's name. Each property owner or the property manager must complete the form available at City Hall listing each address of the property to be governed by this request. If the City should fail to follow this request, the failure will not relieve the landlord of his/her obligation to pay the delinquent account.
[Ord. No. 671, 4-24-2013]
3. 
Duplicate billing. Normal City practice is to only bill the tenant for the utility service provided. Upon written request the City will send a duplicate bill each month to the landlord, so the landlord can determine to his/her satisfaction that the bill is paid. It is the responsibility of the landlord to notify the City if this direction is not being followed. In absence of a prior complaint of no duplicate billing, the landlord shall not be excused from liability if the tenant fails to pay.
4. 
Written introduction of tenants. The City normally accepts oral instructions from a tenant directing that utility service be turned on at a landlord's property. Any landlord may instruct that no utility service will be provided unless the landlord sends with the tenant a written introduction and instruction to turn on the utility service.
E. 
Landlords or property managers of property within the City of Truesdale are required to provide names and ages [if seventeen (17) years or older] of all occupants of said properties when the utility bill is not placed in the renter's name.
[Ord. No. 672, 4-24-2013]