What to do if I’m renting a townhouse and the water pipe broke between the city connection and the actual home connection?

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What to do if I’m renting a townhouse and the water pipe broke between the city connection and the actual home connection?

An excess fee of $42.84 was added on to the water bill for a leak that I could not see. I was notified of the leak by a city water works truck that noticed a high water usage warning and I then called the landlord. The landlord had the repair made the next day but is not willing to pay the excess $42.84 nor will the city remove the excess fee.

Asked on November 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

So long as you did not cause the break in the pipe that you are writing about for the unit you occupy you are not responsible for the $42.84 that you have written about. Your landlord is. I suggest that you pay your water bill less the $42.84 advising the municipality that your landlord is responsible for the difference.


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