Watch out for prepaid meter arrears as Paarl homeowner faces surprise debt

The prepaid meter accumulated arrears of more than R70,000.  (Luba Lesolle/Gallo Images)

The prepaid meter accumulated arrears of more than R70,000. (Luba Lesolle/Gallo Images)

The Western Cape High Court ruled that a Paarl property owner was liable for accrued unpaid prepaid meter charges, even if a tenant had it installed and no one had put money into the meter.

However, judges Gayaat Salie and Deidre Kusevitsky set the limit on how many years of debt the municipality could force you to pay.

The property owner in this case had a stroke of luck because on Tuesday the court found that six of the nine years of debt of R71 05.68 were time-barred (no longer reclaimable).

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