I am moving at the end of the month. I'm still going to be renting, but I'm fortunate to be renting a house instead of being boxed into an apartment building. Along with this, I am responsible for the utilities - which is fine, except that there is one utility I've never had to pay for before. When I called to get it hooked up, I discovered that they don't do credit checks, but instead it's an automatic $300 deposit that they hold for 24 months for new services. As an alternative, if you can get a letter from the other major utility we all need stating that you have a perfect payment history, they'll waive the deposit. Sounds like a decent alternative, except that it discriminates against those in unfortunate circumstances.
See, I've been off work for medical reasons, and the place I'm living in now wasn't completely truthful about what was included in the rent. With my current situation, I've ended up paying the utilities for myself and another apartment - and I just can't afford that, hence why I'm moving. Yes, the landlord is aware but didn't really do much about it. So yes, my pay history with the other utility is a bit off but it's always gotten paid within 6 weeks. I have a valid reason for that (I was sick, and on assistance) - and I find it really discriminatory that I now have to pay a $300 fee for a utility that everyone needs access to to be able to survive just because I've never had service before. —Water Woes