2 years ago on 09/27/2016 at 3:02 PM

City of Chicago water bills within Park Ridge. can someone help me understand how they work? I bought a house August 1 and I received a bill for what I think is 6 months of usage (we're currently non-metered until they can get to us later in October). The billing period shows May 1, 2016, through October 31, 2016. Previous owner paid their bill before we closed and provided proof. I called the water department questioning why I'm being billed for water from 3 months prior to purchasing the house when the previous owner had paid their account in full at closing. I've called 3 times and gotten 3 different answers: -1st person said previous owner was paying for usage prior to the May-Oct billing cycle - 2nd person said the bill is for only 3 months of usage Aug-Oct - I'm not sure how much water should be each month, but I can definitely see that they have charged us for 6 months of garbage -3rd person said it's a bill for 6 months from the time the account was open, so it will cover Aug-Jan usage I'm confused. Can anyone help me understand what's happening here and how these bills work?!


2 years ago on 09/27/2016 at 3:05 PM

It's my understanding that bills aren't paid retroactively, you pay for your NEXT six months of "estimated" usage. But since you are getting a meter installed in October, you will have credits on your future water bills. (So I believe the 3rd person is correct. ) Garbage is paid every 2 months.

2 years ago on 09/27/2016 at 3:31 PM

City only bills non metered accounts twice a year, you are paying for some of their water usage, Technically, at closing there was no bill due, so there was nothing for seller to pay and a full payment certificate was issued. Some attorneys ask to prorate them but most do not. It is just rarely done in my experience and the city is to lazy to do the math. You can have your closing attorney ask the seller to reimburse you for the portion from 5/1-8/1 but they can just ignore you.

2 years ago on 09/27/2016 at 3:52 PM

This happened to us 3 years ago when we closed. I contacted the aldermans office and they were able to figure it out. If I remember correctly, we should have been credited the amount at closing, but since our credit went right to our mortgage we had to pay the bill out of pocket. I know it was something along those lines, and it seemed to be ridiculous since we closed in August and had to pay a 6 month water bill for the time we didn't live there. Best thing to do is get a meter. You won't regret it.

2 years ago on 09/27/2016 at 4:02 PM

Same thing happened to me a few years ago and we were also told we were credited at closing.

2 years ago on 09/27/2016 at 4:56 PM

Water bills are what is going to drive me to sell all my buildings. Absolutely out of control. I have a building that I pay groot for garbage (mandated by the city) but still get charged for city garbage

2 years ago on 09/27/2016 at 6:09 PM

Kent Mackowiak

2 years ago on 09/27/2016 at 10:17 PM

Just went through something similar this year spent hours on the phone with the water dept and got several different answers - my advice is to NOT pay the bill and let the property get metered. Should then work itself out. If your front pay this bill Id say it's very doubtful you will get a credit or reimbursement once you go metered