fixed charges

Water - Who pays for what?

Water charges

The tenant pays for water charges if:

  • the property has a separate water meter
  • the water supplier provides water to the property on a metered basis
  • the charges can be exclusively attributed to the tenants occupation of the premises.

A metered water supply allows a water supplier to charge for the amount of water used.

The landlord is responsible for paying the whole water account. They can then seek reimbursement from the tenant.

The water account cannot be put in the tenants name, but some water companies allow a copy of the account to be sent to the tenant with the landlords permission.

Where the tenant reimburses the landlord for water charges, the tenant pays water charges only for the property they’re renting.

Wastewater charges

Water suppliers may charge for wastewater in different ways, including fixed charges or charges for the amount of wastewater produced. This varies around the country.

Landlords are usually responsible for fixed wastewater charges. These are charged whether or not the property is occupied.

Tenants may be charged for the wastewater they produce. Some water suppliers calculate wastewater based on how much water they supply.

What happens if water charges aren’t paid

If the tenant pays the landlord, but the landlord doesn’t pay the supplier and the water is disconnected, the landlord may be responsible for reconnection.

If the tenant doesn’t pay, the tenant is in breach of their tenancy agreement. The landlord can issue a 14-day notice to remedy to give the tenant 14 days to pay. If the tenant still doesn’t pay, the landlord can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to get it sorted.