Question posted in the Property Law category relating to Free State
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We are a school that rents out houses to tenants. Our water supply comes from a company that owns a estate next to the school. Water comes through their property to us. They bill us and tenants. Some tenants are behind on water accounts. We received a letter from their lawyer stating we must come up with a payment plan, or they are going to stop all services. That is water and sewerage services. How legal is that? We do want to reach an agreement, but they have a history of doing what they want.
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It really does depend on whether the company who supplies the water invoices (i) you and then you invoice your tenants; or (ii) invoices you separately from the tenants.
If (i), then I would say that the company is well within its rights.
If (ii), then I would say that the company can't cut your services because the tenants are in arrears.
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