Water leak, who pays for excess useage?
Matthew Jurgens asks:
(updated on Monday, May 14th 2007)
Our Experts Answer:The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 requires that a landlord provide and maintain the premises in a reasonable state of repair. Any loss that the tenant incurs by any breach of this responsibility may be the landlords’ responsibility. On this basis you could find yourself responsible for the leaked water however the tenant would still be responsible for their water use. A fair way to establish this loss is to compare the increased water bill to the average water bill with the loss being considered as the difference. If however, the tenant was aware of the leak but failed to notify the landlord promptly as is their responsibility then they may also be expected to absorb some of the cost.
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