Properties built prior to 2003 can continue to implement a RUBS (ratio utility billing system
), also know as an "Allocation Billing Method," where each resident is billed a pro-rata portion of the total water/sewer consumption based on square footage and number of occupants.
Among the hazards were draconian penalties for noncompliance, unmanageable billing proscriptions, many ambiguous definitions and an absence of language that would ensure that other billing regimes, such as Ratio Utility Billing Systems
(RUBS) would remain legal.
As residents' rights groups continue to raise awareness of the problems with ratio utility billing systems
(RUBS), submetering is becoming a viable option for property managers.
The Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) has decided to "stay" any legal action and not pursue a proposed regulation that threatened to end submetering and ratio utility billing systems
in the state's apartment communities.
In a major victory for the apartment industry, the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) has decided to "stay" any action in a lawsuit threatening to bar Missouri apartment communities from using submetering or ratio utility billing systems
(RUBS) to bill residents for water and sewer services.
Either Missouri apartment owners would stop using submetering or ratio utility billing systems
(RUBs) or they would continue to bill individually, but then be required to pay tariffs imposed on regulated utilities.
Submetering and ratio utility billing systems
(RUBs) are two of the most common practices apartment owners nationwide use to bill residents for water usage and sewer service.