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    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 9th May 18, 9:39 PM
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    Who pays to empty septic tank? Landlord or tenant?
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    • 9th May 18, 9:39 PM
    Who pays to empty septic tank? Landlord or tenant? 9th May 18 at 9:39 PM
    So we rent our old house.

    The septic tank is due to be emptied. Who pays?

    The Tenant pays for their water charges (here in Scotland, included with the council tax bill) If the house was on mains sewage, that too would be included with the council tax bill, and so the tenant would pay.

    So we think the tenant should pay the bill to have the septic tank pumped out. Right or wrong?
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    • martindow
    • By martindow 10th May 18, 11:39 AM
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    The problem is that if you let the solids build up so high that they carry over to block pipes in the leach field the costs of putting that right far exceed the costs of an occasional pump out.

    Some old tanks are enormous so don't need very frequent emptying and others probably leak out through cracks. Modern fibreglass septic tanks need to be emptied fairly often.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 10th May 18, 12:19 PM
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    Although you have the cost of emptying the tank, you benefited from the lower purchase price when buying the house not connected to mains drainage in the first place.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • lookstraightahead
    • By lookstraightahead 10th May 18, 2:40 PM
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    Blimey absolutely it us landlords responsibility unless it was completely emptied for the new tenant. It is like asking a new tenant to empty your old bins with your rubbish in them.
    • lookstraightahead
    • By lookstraightahead 10th May 18, 2:41 PM
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    And if there was a debate I would be vacating the property.
    • elonii
    • By elonii 10th May 18, 2:44 PM
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    Pay to empty it this time, increase their rent by 6.25 a month to cover next time.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 10th May 18, 4:12 PM
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    The septic tank for my house and another one close by was emptied earlier this year for the first time in 40 years. It may have not needed it as it had 'a good crusty top' when examined, however the emptying has stopped my upstair loo filling with water when flushed and my shower drain gurgling.
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