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16 November 2009 12:47 pm

QR50,000 utility bill gives landlady a jolt

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A landlady was in for a shock when she suddenly got an electricity and water bill for QR50,000 for a small house she had rented out to some single workers years ago. The tenants had left the house four years ago but the bill, according to Al Sharq, came to her recently. The landlady whose house is in Doha Jadeed (Modern Doha) is preparing to question the Qatar Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) as to why they did not issue a warning either verbally or in writing when the bills remained unpaid for years. Kahramaa, she said, normally, sends a warning letter to consumers when bills remain unpaid for months. They even disconnect supplies when arrears pile up beyond a certain limit. “It is surprising that in my case the corporation remained silent for years,” she told the daily. The landlady, however, eventually discovered that it was not the fault of the tenants but rather her own employee had ditched her. The employee was asked to collect monthly rentals and water and electricity bill amounts from the tenants but while he handed the rents to her, he withdrew the bill money each month and pocketed it. The arrears, thus, kept piling up and reached a staggering QR50,000. The landlady said it was partly her fault that the bills could not be paid but some blame should also be taken by Kahramaa. “If nothing else, the corporation should at least allow me to pay up the huge arrears in easy installments,” she told the daily. http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=November2009&file=Local_News200911166371.xml