The tenant is to be told how the water bill will be calculated before signing the lease.
I am renting a house. When I tried to have my water service turned on, I was told by the water company that I would first have to pay the $100 bill the prior tenant left. Do I have to pay that bill?
No, under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. §§ 36-60-17no public or private water provider can
refuse to supply water to awn residential tenant, with a parate water meter for each
provider is to seek payment of unpaid charges from the person who incurred the charges, not the
I am renting a house. I moved in and found the water is supplied by a well. I am worried that the well water is unsafe. What can I do?
If your water is supplied by a private well, the owner of the well is responsible for testing
and treating the water to avoid any possible health risks. If you suspect there may be a problem
with your well water, you need to notify your landlord. You can request that the landlord have
the well tested. Some local health departments test private well water for free. Phone numbers
for your local, county, or state health department are available under the "health" or
"government" listings in your phone book. The Georgia Small Water Supplies Program, housed
in the State Environmental Health Office, provides a resource for information on wells ranging
from installation of new wells, maintenance of wells, and the abandonment of wells. They can
be contacted at 404-657-6534 or http://health.state.ga.us/programs/envservices/WellWater/privatewells.asp.
I rent a home and the water coming out of the pipes looks brown and smells strange. My landlord says that the water comes from the city and is not his responsibility. Is that correct?
If you are concerned about the quality of your water, you should have it tested by a state-
certified laboratory. Testing will identify conta inants and the extent of the problem. You can