Indah Water Payment

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asked on Feb 4, 2002 at 22:56
edited on Dec 6, 2018 at 21:50
I have a single storey terrace house and have been renting it out for more than 1 year. We don't have formal contract or tenancy agreement. So far, the renter didn't make any payment for Indah Water bills. In my opinion, it is just like TNB electricity bill payment, where the payment should be paid by renter. Am I correct?

Of course most of the resident in that area didn't make payment for Indah Water bills. How should I pursue the renter to make payment for Indah Water? As I know that once the renter move out, I need to bear the outstanding payment.
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answered on Feb 9, 2002 at 04:48
edited Dec 6, 2018 at 22:00
The Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) thing really upset a lot of people. Sewage was under the Majlis Perbandaran before and the payment was borne by the Landlord.

However, since it was privatised, the company starts to charge a monthly bill. Logically, any monthly bill will be borne by the tenant.

So, I guess you can tell the tenant to pay for the IWK bill or else you want them to get out of the house within 1 month.

Next time, tell the new tenant to pay the IWK bills plus other monthly bill. It's fair isn't it. Since the tenants feces are cleaned up by IWK and not your feces.
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answered on Mar 20, 2003 at 22:07
edited Dec 6, 2018 at 22:04
See my posting in this section earlier.

1. Do you have a legal relationship with IWK? Some think so. The argument is that this is a privatised project from the govt. The other thinks otherwise. IWK is a private entity.  How can it bill you when you have no legal relationship with IWK? The rational is that you would get utility supply if you do not sign a contract with Telekom/Tenaga Nasional.

2. IWK has threatened legal actions to many consumers. But no action after its demands be ignored. Why? I think IWK prefers to milk the uninformed consumers, rather than losing a test case in courts ruling it has no contract with the consumers.
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answered on Aug 1, 2003 at 20:43
edited Dec 6, 2018 at 22:05

So what is your point? I can't understand. Do you mean that the tenant should not pay the Indah Water bills? I'm still arguing with my landlord about it, but he resists to pay the Indah Water bills and told me to pay for it. Some of my friends living in the same area are not paying it, otherwise their landlords are paying it. I don't know which one is right.
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answered on Aug 2, 2003 at 07:14
edited Dec 6, 2018 at 22:12
The most important argument here is:

Who should pay the water bill? The Tenant or the Landlord?

Common sense makes it clear that the tenant normally OUGHT to pay the bills for the water he had consumed or used. Regardless of whether any agreement exists.

Unless the landlord had earlier agreed to cover monthly water bill or probable other utility bills with a very high rental charged.

It does not matter WHO is supplying the water to the said house. The water supplier/authority will bill the landlord/consumer for any specific amount of water consumed or used in the said house.

ANY authorized water supplier (A or B Company) still reserved the right to charge the landlord/consumer who entered an Agreement with anyone of them.

It is only a matter of "Technical/Legal Procedures" whether they want to take actions now or in future.

Thus, should the tenant fail to pay the bills, the landlord has to bear them all. It doesn't matter What Company or What Government. Authority is supplying the water to the consumer/landlord.

In short, the Landlord ought to play it smart while renting a house to someone. Some tenants usually will purposely pretend or ignore, and delay the payment of rental and other utility bills.
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answered on Aug 8, 2003 at 00:56
It is an easy solution, why argue over a small matter. Just increase the rent
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answered on Nov 13, 2018 at 03:17
edited Dec 6, 2018 at 22:17
Landlord pays sewerage bill (Indah Water Konsortium).

I have vast experience as a tenant and as a landlord. Although there's no law that says who pay what, but it's my opinion, and the opinion of many experience landlords/investors who I'm close with, that landlord should bear the sewerage bill (Indah Water Konsortium ).

Here's why? Indah Water bill is charged to every house at a fixed rate regardless you use it or not. Kinda like 'cukai pintu' (assessment) and 'cukai tanah' (quit rent). Do you ask tenant to pay cukai pintu? 

On top of that, I think sewerage is a basic amenities that landlord should provide for the tenant. Remember, sewerage, unlike water and electricity, is NOT a consumption. It's a service to upkeep the property, which landlord is responsible for. It's a lot like maintenance fees for condo in this regards (which, by the way, is paid by landlord as common practice).

Many do not realize, sewerage used to be under Majlis Perbandaran, and it's included in the fees paid to the local authorities. Back then, no landlord has problem paying for it.
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