Assessed water charges between tenancies?

by WP

15:16 PM, 26th August 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Assessed water charges between tenancies?

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Assessed water charges between tenancies?

We have a flat where a meter is not possible so assessed meter charges apply.

A tenant was in situ when this was applied, but now he has left, what happens when the next tenant comes in?

Do I have a duty to inform the water company of the name and details of the new incoming tenant or is that their own responsibility?

Many thanks

Reluctant landlord



Comments

Gunga Din

10:16 AM, 27th August 2020
About 3 weeks ago

I have a three-flat Victorian house with one supply. It could have three with excavations and works inside to install three incoming pipes of course but fortunately it hasn't been made mandatory.

For years, whenever a tenant moves out I tell the water supplier, and am simply asked to inform them again when someone moves in. The tenant will also have to communicate, as they have to set up an account, which I can't do for them of course.

I usually don't even get an account set up in my name for the void periods, and even if I do I am not charged.

Smartermind

10:56 AM, 27th August 2020
About 3 weeks ago

The liability lies with the occupier.The landlord is not obliged to inform the water companies, but it may be in your interests to do so. Houses that are unoccupied do not incur water charges - pity it's not the same with the energy supply and council tax!

Chris Bradley

16:27 PM, 27th August 2020
About 3 weeks ago

You are obliged to inform water company in Wales. I use landlord tap for my wales and England properties. One property empty for month and water company got message from landlord tap and emailed me to say no charge as empty property, and this one is on meter

Tony McVey

17:04 PM, 2nd September 2020
About 2 weeks ago

You must notify the utility company otherwise you become
jointly liable with the tenant for payment. The law changed some years ago


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