There are limitations on a landlord’s responsibility for utility bills not paid by a tenant. If a municipality (for example, Seattle City Light or Tacoma PUD) fails to notify the owner that a tenant has not paid a utility bill, the municipality cannot place a lien on the property nor may it collect delinquent charges for electric light or power services from the owner, if the owner provided a request for the notification. The owner is required to notify the municipality within 14 days of a change in tenancy, either a change in tenants or a vacancy.
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As residential property managers for Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management Division, we manage single family residences, individual condominium units and small apartment complexes in the greater Puget Sound region. We serve Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes, Marysville, Bainbridge Island, Lynnwood, Everett, Redmond, Bellevue and many other cities in Washington State. We also offer full service commercial property management.