§ 51.115  CHARGES CONSTITUTE LIEN.
   (A)   The charges for services which are under the provisions of Public Act 94 of 1933, § 21, being M.C.L.A. § 141.121, as amended, made a lien on all premises served thereby, and are hereby recognized to constitute the lien, and whenever any such charge against any piece of property shall be delinquent for six months, the Authority Manager or his or her representative in charge of collection thereof shall certify annually, on August 1 of each year, to the tax assessing officer of the city, the facts of the delinquency, whereupon the charge shall be entered upon the next tax roll by him or her as a charge against the premises and shall be collected and the lien thereof enforced in the same manner as general city taxes against the premises are collected and the lien thereof enforced.
   (B)   Provided, however, when a tenant (and not the owner of the property) is the customer receiving the service, and will be responsible for the charges for the service, then prior to furnishing of the service, either the tenant or the property owner shall notify the City Council (or its agent, the Kalamazoo Lake, Sewer and Water Authority) in writing of the fact of the tenancy and that the tenant will be responsible for the payment of the services. The tenant or the property owner shall further provide a copy of the lease, if there is one, and the term of the tenancy. The tenant or the landlord shall further deposit with the City Council (or its agent, the Kalamazoo Lake, Sewer and Water Authority) a cash deposit equal to the average annual charges to the premises based on the three preceding calendar years. The cash deposit shall be made prior to the furnishing of service to the premises. If the notice and cash security deposit is provided as set forth above, then the charges shall not become a lien on the premises, where the customer receiving the service is a tenant and not the property owner.
(Ord. passed 10-22-1987)