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FPUD and bad renters

If you are a landlord, hopefully you have read the disclaimer on the back of your water/sewer bill that states you are responsible for the water bill when your tenants do not pay the bill.

Recently, I rented out my little house on Almond Street in Fallbrook. Unfortunately, I had to go to court and evict the tenants for non-payment of rent. They paid the water bill with a check on a closed account, knowing full well that I would have to pay.

I thought people go to jail for writing bad checks, but I guess not. I would not mind paying the water so much if it had not been for their personal use only. All my fruit trees, grass and flowers are dead and have not seen water in six months.

If you rented to these people in the last month, good luck, because you are in for a lot of unexpected bills. They are a family of four whose last name begins with an ‘S.’ Both parents are gainfully employed and can pay rent.

The statement from their attorney in court was, “It’s only money and they are not good with money.”

I have learned my lesson about renters. Hopefully if you are a landlord who has rented to these folks, your experience will be better than mine.

Karen Jeffries


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