As a new landlord, I developed my own tenant-landlord contract. I wanted the tenant to pay all utilties so I include a phrase that says,

"The tenant shall pay all utilities including, but not limited to electrical, telephone, gas and sewer."

I am also hooked up to a water meter (one of the few places in the neighbourhood. This is because the flat rate was an average based on property size. I have a large property with a small house. My neighbours live in mansions that go from property line to property line. My water meter saves $200 on the water and sewage/ year. The problem is that my tenant was reluctant to pay the first water and sewage bill (it comes 4Xper year instead of anually). I showed the contract and they paid for it. I received the property annual utility bill that had the water, sewer and meter rental for the last 3 months ($45) and included trash disposal ($315) and city sewer ($50). They told me that they have never had to pay this before. The bill is in my name (as property owner).