Watering plants - when the tenant doesn't pay for water?

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So I inherited a tenant that has a small green house worth of plants in pots on their balacony and inside. My question is, can we tell them that we will not furnish the water for the plants. So the plants need to go?

Can we do that?

Seems petty to me unless it is like a $200 per month place. Even if they water every day it can't use more than a thousand or two extra gallons per month. How do you differentiate between this person and the unit with a teenage daughter (yes, I've been there) that takes a 45 minute shower every day?

The water bill was $800 last month. Here in California we are in the middle of a historic drought too.

If the tenants use of your water is driving you crazy  why don't you  consider installing seperate water meters  or using  RUBS (is that what they call that water metering company ?).

In your situation, where tenants useing too much water,   is upsetting you,  it might pay for you to consider  some alternative  ways of having your tenants pay for their own water.   It might also  give you some small amount of extra cash flow and it would be  better for your mental health.  Seperate water meters is also a plus when selling a property.   

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