Dealing with Tenants and Utilities

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One of the more contentious issues in tenancies is the paying of utilities, which includes water, refuse, sewage, and electricity. He notes that the most critical element in avoiding disputes and confusion is ensuring that the written lease between the landlord and tenant contain clear terms regarding who is responsible for the payment of utilities and at what stage these will become due.

Once this has been established the party responsible will need to abide by the agreement.

Electricity has become costly. It is vital that if the rental property is not fitted with a pre-paid electricity dispenser, the landlord considers looking at this option. The challenge that we often come across is when the electricity account is one billed by the city of Cape Town, but the account is currently not in the name of the registered owner of the property.

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