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Carpentersville not friendly to landlords

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Carpentersville not friendly to landlords

A letter was sent to real estate investors today stating a "proposed" change in how water billing will be handled for landlords in Carpentersville. After reading the letter, it sounds as though it is not a proposal, but already changed. It sounds very confusing to me. I guess it is like most policies and ordinances they make or change. The more confusing it is, the less people will notice or care.

The basis of the letter is that the landlords will be responsible for their tenants' water bills. The water bill will now be in the landlord's name, but you can "request" to have a copy sent to the tenant. It sounds like we could reduce village headcount, since we are in fact doing their job.

I wonder who came up with this great idea and if they put much thought into this subject. Do they realize by renting the property, the tenant may purchase necessities such as groceries, clothes and gas in the village. Let's take back the gas income, since they probably do not buy gas in Carpentersville, due to the recently added gas tax. I guess they are trying to deter investors in Carpentersville. The downside of that will be vacant properties, which as we know, brings more crime and lower property values. We will need more police and this will be funded by an increase to the residents' taxes.

John Lasher

Carpentersville

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