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newspaperOfficials in Peabody, Kansas say that a new ordinance designed to make landlords pay for their tenants’ delinquent water bills is unenforceable.

The City Clerk told the news that after seeking clarification from attorneys, she found that she is virtually powerless to go after landlords.

An ordinance passed last month gave the Clerk the power to collect the bills against landlords using “any legal means”, according to the report.

That language prompted the Clerk to ask for legal advice.  Municipal attorneys confirmed that options like pursuing collection against the landlord, shutting off the landlord’s personal service, or demanding payment from the new tenant are off the table.

The clerk says the most she will do at this time is mail a duplicate late notice to the landlord.

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