Is it legal for a landlord to pass along to tenants the land county and city taxes?

I rent a trailer lot. The property has recently changed hands and the new landlord has been passing along fees that the previous landowner paid. First came the water bill, which is park-wide as there are no individual water meters tied to the individual trailer lots. Now he is passing along the city and county taxes on the home I live in. He has also passed along the new deposit for water/sewer since he had to sign one since he bought the land I rent. What are his fees to pay and what are mine from a legal standpoint?

Asked on March 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In order to answer your question, you need to carefully read your presumed written lease that you have for the unit you have. The lease controls the obligations you owe the landlord and vice versa. If the lease does not state that you are not responsible for county and city taxes, you are not responsible for the payments for these costs.

As to the water/sewer deposit, whether you are responsible for the costs, your written lease will state whether you are or not.


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