I am NOT paying my tenant's water bills; their electric bills; their gas bills; for their big screen tv - NADA. They are resonsible for their bills and I am responsible for mine! If they are renting a SFH from me, they are paying all the utilities directly. If they don't pay, the water company can shut off the water and then I'll call the code enforcement department and have them thrown out because the house isn't habitable without water!
Furthermore, the city is NOT putting a lien on my property for some DEADBEAT SCUMBAG'S irresponsibility.
It is high time that landlords stand up and FIGHT this tyranny. In my area, landlords are currently involved in aggressive legal proceedings against the government over this issue. I encourage each of you to grow a backbone and start FIGHTING! Organize the landlords in your area and get a good lawyer. If you don't make a stand, the government will be back looking for more money on a regular basis. Weak landlords do not survive in this business!
IT'S TIME TO STAND UP AND FIGHT!