The enactment of ACT 274 brought many changes for municipal utilities. Here is a brief review of some of the major changes that mostly effect residential rental dwelling units.
GRAND CHUTE 2016 UTILTY BILLING CHANGES
There are two major changes, the first will be the town requiring a Landlord/Tenant Agreement and the second will be no longer sending final bills to the landlord/management company.
In regards to the first change, you will need to provide the Landlord/Tenant Agreement application each time a tenant moves out/or in. We will no longer accept verbal or email tenant changes. We realize the paper work this will generate, but the town needs this information due to the changes in the law relating to tax roll placement of delinquent utility bills. We will not accept copies of lease agreements in lieu of the application, you must complete in full the Landlord/Tenant Agreement application.
The second major change the town will be implementing is no longer sending final bills to the landlords/management companies. The town was recently made aware that all final bills must be sent to the tenant vacating the rental unit. We are aware this change will not be met with support, however it is a change that is required by law. You may continue to call the office for balances and request reports for your tenants. We will not print a second final bill if requested. You will be receiving past due notices on a monthly basis so you will still be aware of any past due charges by tenants and will be able to pay from those statements if you wish.
Other changes that are required are as follows:
State Statute 196.643: When a customer terminates service to the customer's rental dwelling unit, a public utility shall make reasonable attempt to identify the party responsible for service to the rental dwelling unit after the customer's termination. If a responsible party cannot be identified, the public utility may give the owner written notice by regular or other mail of the public utility's intent to hold the owner responsible for service to the rental dwelling unit. The owner shall not be responsible for service if the public utility does not give the notice under this subsection or if, within 15 days after the date the notice is mailed, the owner notifies the public utility of the name of the party responsible for service to the rental dwelling unit or notifies the public utility that service to the rental dwelling unit should be terminated and affirms that service termination will not endanger human health or life or cause damage to property.
- Notifying landlord within 14 days when tenant utility bill is past due.
- 15-Day Notice Owner responsibility for service to rental dwelling unit
The town will be offering a blanket authorization policy that will give the Town of Grand Chute Utility the authorization to put the landlord/management company’s name on the “interim” utility bills in lieu of an individual 15-day notice for each tenant change.