If a landlord has failed to fix a water leak properly, are they responsible for a bill that is outrageous?

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If a landlord has failed to fix a water leak properly, are they responsible for a bill that is outrageous?

She has threatened eviction. Can we be evicted for deducting some of the bill from our rent?

Asked on December 1, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Good question. Assuming your landlord was placed on notice about a leaky pipe at the rental you have and the leak was not properly fixed, you as the tenant should not be liable for excessive water charges from the date the landlord was placed on notice of the problem.

You could be evicted for debiting some of the excessive water bill from your rent. I would simply pay the rent and contest the excessive water charge.


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