Hello, this is my first post at Cyburbia, but I've been lurking a long time. I created an account because I have a problem in my community that may need a legislative solution and I can't find any good examples to look at. I hope you can help me.
I'm on the City Council in my community and I recently got a call from an elderly resident whose water had been turned off. She lives in a duplex. The arrangement is that one side pays the gas bill and one side pays the water bill, and in this case, one side didn't pay the bill and both sides of the duplex are suffering the consequences. The landlord might as well be absentee.
I am hoping someone here can point to a model ordinance from another community that fixes these problems. Do other communities require specific utility arrangements in duplexes (and higher densities)? I was thinking of a law that gives two options, requiring either 1) the landlord pays the utility bills or 2) one meter is required per unit.
There's nothing like this on the books now for any multi-family, so I'd like to come up with something that will work for duplexes and higher densities, too. Any advice anyone can give would be appreciated.