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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: Can the tentants make us pay for their water bill ?

We owned a home and it was rented. When the tenants left they forgot to turn the water bill off and they got an extremely high water bill and they want us to pay for it. We didn't vacate the property after they left, no one was living there. When we sold it we paid a company to do a pressure... Read more »

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng
answered on May 31, 2017

The water department wherever you live is sending the bill to whoever applied for the service. If that was you as homeowner, you owe the bill. However, if you had the tenant take over the water service and the account is in their name, they owe the bill. If you just rented the house to them and did... Read more »

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Q: Can you put a lean on mineral rights in Tennessee? If so, what are the implications, procedures, and requirements?
Kevin Christopher
Kevin Christopher
answered on Mar 1, 2017

There's no straightforward answer without more of the story. For instance, a recent Tennessee case involved a dispute as to whether sandstone qualified as a mineral. Also, in order to qualify you would likely need to have provided some sort of services in connection with the mineral in order... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Energy, Oil and Gas for Tennessee on
Q: power co wants to charge $2200 to turn on power for a new business that is in the same place as one that didn't pay bils

The last business didn't pay on time and got shut off alot. Now a new business wants to open in the same building and the power co wants an upfront fee of $2200 due to the payment history of the old tenant. Is this legal?

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng
answered on Jan 23, 2017

Most likely, yes. Most local utility companies are regulated- their rates are limited by a separate agency to prevent "gouging" the consumer. But at the same time, they are allowed to demand deposits to secure payment. In other words, they can't make huge profits, but they can't... Read more »

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