Is it legal for a utility company to charge a higher deposit at one address versus another?
The utility company in my town is wanting to charge a higher deposit at one property than at another, solely based upon the fact that the previous tenants in one of the properties in question, left owing money and so they are now calling that address a "bad debt location". The normal deposit is $150 for electric and water to any other address in the city, but at this "bad debt location" they are wanting a $540 deposit. Is it legal to discriminate against the new tenant coming into the latter address, based upon the fact that it is now considered a bad location because of the payment history of previous tenants non-related to the situation?
I am not familiar with the laws of Georgia. But I have never heard of a utility company basing a deposit for one tenant on a previous tenant. If a tenant owes a utility bill, that follows the tenant wherever he/she goes. So, when that tenant moves to another place, the utility company will demand a higher deposit based on the fact that the tenant owes on a prior bill. But if new tenants move in, and they have an excellent record of paying their utility bills on time, then the utility will not demand a higher deposit based on another's bad record. It makes no sense. How can a subsequent individual be punished for a previous, unrelated tenant's bad bills? Something does not make sense, but I don't know all the facts of the case. However, it sounds discriminatory and illegal to me.