Utilities Dispute Leaves Families Wit...

Utilities Dispute Leaves Families Without Heat, Water

There are 38 comments on the WTVF Nashville story from Jan 5, 2010, titled Utilities Dispute Leaves Families Without Heat, Water. In it, WTVF Nashville reports that:

SPARTA, Tenn. Several families said they have been left in the cold after their landlord cut off electric service in White County.

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puzzled and bothered

Columbia, SC

#1 Jan 6, 2010
If they were at 4:30 on Friday, how could they make these changes in their account before they turned their utilities off on Monday. I agree, that's not enough notice. I understand there were several families involved. I don't think all of them would have put this off if they were given ample notice. Sounds like the landlord wasn't being very fair, especially in the weather conditions we are in right now. Apparently, all the renters thought the agreement was that utilities would be paid as part of their monthly rental fee. Something should have been in writing though.
Utilities

Monteagle, TN

#2 Jan 6, 2010
Sparta Elec. charges $500.oo to 750.oo to turn the water and Elec on and most people cant pay fee like that so that couses the landlord to try to work with them people from what I see the Sparta Elec needs an outside investigation on what is going on out there looks like someone has to much power and this is cutting the landlords throught on rentel property. you here all kind of fees for service
my two cents

Cameron, SC

#3 Jan 6, 2010
This is just terrible that it happend to these families. Thank goodness CVEST and other church organizations helped them out in their time of need. I hope whomever their landlord is they get whats coming to them. Most of those families had small children as well. That was very selfish of the landlord apparently they did not care about the renters at all, just hope they get whats coming to them!
xoxoxox

Columbia, SC

#4 Jan 6, 2010
I can't believe Caney Fork would cut someones electricity of in below freezing weather. I think the landlord and Caney Fork should face repercussions.
Jee

Manchester, TN

#5 Jan 6, 2010
I feel sorry for these people,the landlord should of gave these people at least a months notice to switch everything over in there name.Also if these people are on any kind of assistance they can check with UCHRA to see if any funds are avilable for heat. Also if these trailers aren't insulated i wouldn't want to rent one of them. The landlord had everything in his name i can't blame him for wanting to get things out of his name.
ToFl

Cameron, SC

#6 Jan 6, 2010
It is Jerry Vinson....what do you expect?
steroids

Paris, TN

#7 Jan 6, 2010
it's Jerry Poteet and that itself sums it up
shameshame

Manchester, TN

#8 Jan 6, 2010
personaly, i do not care what the circumstances was, the electric people should have never done such a thing until ample time was given for the families to find other ways of setteling this!!! If the agreement was that the utilities and rent were combined then that is the way it should have stayed until adequate time was given for changes to be made. It is absolutely sorry for the owner or electric company to do such a thing at this time. I personally hope that all involved pay a price for what they have done. What a way to treat your fellow man. What has happened to America that we have come to such a low point in our concern for one another?????????? God bless those affected and may better days come to them soon!
zzztop

Monteagle, TN

#9 Jan 6, 2010
Was Vinson, but he changed it to Poteet when he got out of the pen.

Since: Apr 09

Gallatin, TN

#10 Jan 6, 2010
yell I feel sorry for all the families. The landlord did not have to do this or the utilitie co. should be ashamed.
yder1

Mcminnville, TN

#11 Jan 7, 2010
i cant believe they charge $700 to turn electric on.wow ,,cfec should have never cut the power they need some sort of check in power(no pun intended).so this does not happen again
fedup

Sparta, TN

#12 Jan 7, 2010
As someone who had a rental property, I will add that although its cold, you get renters, who make all kinds of excuses, which leaves the renter to pay ,that months rent, out of their pockets, and in some cases, the utilities too! Could you afford to do that??? I could not, and thats why I couldnt wait to sell the rental property, and get out of it!!!! Everyone is having it tough, including the people, renting the property. I had to pay, the Insurance on the property, as well as pay for each repair...and there were many...replace broken apppliances, and was asked to give them more time to pay, and when I did....they didnt pay....Which costed me evem more.....You also have to pay someone, to clean carpet, and repair or paint, and clean, every time someone moves out...If you were renting, so many times I lost money, instead of making anything....Thats why I quit !!!!

Since: Mar 08

Smyrna TN

#13 Jan 7, 2010
JMF58 wrote:
yell I feel sorry for all the families. The landlord did not have to do this or the utilitie co. should be ashamed.
What could they have done? The person responsible for the bills said cut it. They have to have someone on the account to keep the power on.

Since: Mar 08

Smyrna TN

#14 Jan 7, 2010
yder1 wrote:
i cant believe they charge $700 to turn electric on.wow ,,cfec should have never cut the power they need some sort of check in power(no pun intended).so this does not happen again
I was shocked to, but we do not know the average utility bill for those trailers, or the residents credit history.
serious

Columbia, SC

#15 Jan 7, 2010
fedup wrote:
As someone who had a rental property, I will add that although its cold, you get renters, who make all kinds of excuses, which leaves the renter to pay ,that months rent, out of their pockets, and in some cases, the utilities too! Could you afford to do that??? I could not, and thats why I couldnt wait to sell the rental property, and get out of it!!!! Everyone is having it tough, including the people, renting the property. I had to pay, the Insurance on the property, as well as pay for each repair...and there were many...replace broken apppliances, and was asked to give them more time to pay, and when I did....they didnt pay....Which costed me evem more.....You also have to pay someone, to clean carpet, and repair or paint, and clean, every time someone moves out...If you were renting, so many times I lost money, instead of making anything....Thats why I quit !!!!
Where I can understand and agree with most of what you said, there could have been more noticed given or better yet, have the renters put the utilities in their names when they first rented the place. But with the temps we are having and having children in the dwellings, well that is cold hearted. The kids did nothing wrong, they are the innocent. It's just sad.
Landlord

Cameron, SC

#16 Jan 7, 2010
As someone who also rents out property I agree that more notice should have been given to these people. But the problem is the Laws in Tennessee regarding rental property are bad. It is hard to evict someone and that is not right. Some of these people get in somewhere and find any reason they can not to pay their rent (this is happening more now than ever before around here). Making the owner eat the loss. Now in this situation when they also covered the utilities makes it even worse you get a low life in that will not pay the rent then the also will not pay the utilities the owner is really hit hard. If the laws were changed to make it easier to evict some of these non payers this problem would not have happened. I am curious if this owner had issues in the past with these folks not paying the rent? If so i do not blame him for shutting it off with proper notice.

“Whatevah!!”

Since: Mar 09

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#17 Jan 7, 2010
And when utilities are included in rent, they have a tendency to abuse the electric and water. They could have run up the electric bill each month. So we are only hearing one side of this story.
Jughead

Nashville, TN

#18 Jan 7, 2010
Lowlifes live in trailers. They deserve worse than freezing to death.

Like, reading my posts.
Jughead

Nashville, TN

#19 Jan 7, 2010
JMF58 wrote:
yell I feel sorry for all the families. The landlord did not have to do this or the utilitie co. should be ashamed.
I think small white furry dogs should be used as toilet brushes.

“Whatevah!!”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#20 Jan 7, 2010
Have you been going through topix withdrawals lately, Jughead? You are posting a lot today.

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