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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 6 months ago

How much it cost to put the water bill in your name?

My boyfriend's uncle has his name in the water bill, but the water company shut the water off because it's past due and his uncle didn't pay on it.

Even though his uncle owns the house we live in (we pay the mortgage), he doesn't stay here and he has his own place with his wife and kids.

My boyfriend wants to put the water bill in his name and I'm wonder how much it will be if he does this?

We live in Michigan, by the way, just in case if you live in Michigan too, you will know how water company in Michigan, works, because I know cities are different...

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  • GEEGEE
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    If your uncle doesn't live there, but you and your BF have been, shouldn't you have been paying the water bill even if it's under his name? Sounds kind of fishy. The water company might require that a payment plan be set up for the balance due. Any deposit for new service would likely depend on the credit status of the person applying for service.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    it costs something alright

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  • 6 months ago

    You need to call the water company and ask.. many times it depends on credit score..

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  • 6 months ago

    What? You are paying his uncle's mortgage and no one is paying for the water?

    Because the water is in the Uncle's name, HE, as in the UNCLE, must call and state that the house is being rented by XYZ (your boyfriend) and to put the bill in XYZ's name. In the meanwhile, because you and the boyfriend did not have an agreement with the Uncle about who pays the water, and you consumed all of that water, he may ask you to pay that water bill, so be prepared to do so.

    Now, about water consumption. You can really decrease your bill by changing just a few habits:

    Take shorter showers

    Only do full loads of laundry

    Do not leave the water running while you are:

    Brushing your teeth

    Shaving

    Or leave it running in the kitchen just to go down the drain.

    If you do dishes by hand, have a dish pan full of soapy water to conserve water while cleaning and then

    rinse all clean dishes at once.

    Even if the water bill is changed into your bf's name, the old bill may have to be paid simultaneously.

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    You'd probably have to pa what's owed, then maybe a deposit depending on your bf's credit, but some places the water can only be in the owner' name. Call the water company and ask them.

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  • 6 months ago

    You will have to prove you are living there by providing a copy of the lease. Then you will have to pay the past due amount.

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  • 6 months ago

    It's free, you just call the water company and talk to them about switching over who pays it.

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  • 6 months ago

    There is zero cost to take over the bill.

    However, why is he the owner if you are paying the mortgage? Do you actually mean he acted as the bank in this instance and holds the mortgage...with you actually owning the property??

    Figure out the ownership...

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  • DEBS
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Typically there is no cost. If you don't want to give them personal info like you SSN, then they may require a deposit. Where I am, they do require proof that you live there. That means a mortgage statement or possibly rental agreement. You'd need to look it up for what the requirements are for your area. There may be a fee for turning the water back on since you say it was shut off. Again, contact them to find out.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Why doesn't your boyfriend call and ask the water company ?

    His uncle is sleazy.

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