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wantboost

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Should I ask tenant to give me the water meter reading or go out there myself and get it ...
It's in a bit of a awkaward spot and has a access panel door .

LLinVA

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For what? Water? Electric? Gas? Who is paying the bill?

wantboost

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Water , as the meter is inside.

It's a duplex and tenants pay the bills.

For gas . Utility company comes every other month. Month between is optional .
LLinVA

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If they pay, then why do you need the reading at all?
wantboost

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My city requires the bill to be under my name . And then I bill them
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Okay. So they don't pay, you pay and they reimburse you. Why not wait to get the bill, pay it, then bill them? That's what we do. 

I wouldn't want to make my tenants read the meter, and I probably wouldn't trust them if they did (either they make mistakes or intentionally tell me lower than it is). 
wantboost

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I was gonna have them take a pic of it .
So if If I get a reading wont it be a more accurate bill ?
LLinVA

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Nothing could be more accurate than what the water company bills you (unless there is a serious issue with their meter or something that is a completely separate issue). Just bill them once you get your bill. Don't wait for their payment before you pay.
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Nothing could be more accurate than what the water company bills you (unless there is a serious issue with their meter or something that is a completely separate issue). Just bill them once you get your bill. Don't wait for their payment before you pay.


My meter is not a smart meter. That's why I obviously need a reading from them.......
Or should I let the utility company give and average .
LLinVA

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I am really confused. Doesn't the water company send you a bill? Why can't you just bill that amount to your tenants after you get and pay that bill? Why is anyone needing to read it manually? That's the water company's job before they send you the bill.
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I am really confused. Doesn't the water company send you a bill? Why can't you just bill that amount to your tenants after you get and pay that bill? Why is anyone needing to read it manually? That's the water company's job before they send you the bill.


You're not reading my resposnses properly.
My water meter is not a smart meter that sends out the readings. Also it is located indoors.
So they don't come to visit the home and for a more accurate bill they ask the customer to submit a meter reading .
LLinVA

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"for a more accurate bill they ask the customer to submit a meter reading ." I don't think this was ever communicated here.

That's up to you. If the company is billing based on what their customer tells them, they're dumb, but whatever. Without seeing how hard it is to get to, read, etc, I can't say for sure. Ask your tenant. Would they prefer to just snap a photo and email it to you each month, or would they prefer you come and deal with it? Some won't want the hassle, some would prefer their privacy. It sounds like you aren't bothered either way, so see what they would prefer. If they don't care, I'd take it as an opportunity to be in the unit each month which lets you take a glance around and make sure nothing looks wrong (this alone would help you avoid issues with certain tenants).
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"for a more accurate bill they ask the customer to submit a meter reading ." I don't think this was ever communicated here.

That's up to you. If the company is billing based on what their customer tells them, they're dumb, but whatever. Without seeing how hard it is to get to, read, etc, I can't say for sure. Ask your tenant. Would they prefer to just snap a photo and email it to you each month, or would they prefer you come and deal with it? Some won't want the hassle, some would prefer their privacy. It sounds like you aren't bothered either way, so see what they would prefer. If they don't care, I'd take it as an opportunity to be in the unit each month which lets you take a glance around and make sure nothing looks wrong (this alone would help you avoid issues with certain tenants).


Alright . Thx . I ll msg them . Fortunately its quarterly billing for water .
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