/ Should the water bill be included in the rent?
Its not usually covered by the rent. My landlord paid mine by mistake for several years which I didn't complain about at the time obviously. Cancel your direct debit and transfer the bill over to your tenants name, the water company will contact them to arrange payment
In my experience as a tenant I've always been responsible for the water bill. Unless it's laid out in the contract that I'm *not* responsible for it, I'd assume I had to pay.
Sounds like a pretty crap contract then. Surely it must state that the rent is inclusive or exclusive of certain or all bills?
The family I'm renting it to are perfect tennants, so I didn't want to impose something un-reasonable. I will contact them first and make them aware of the situation before tranferring the bill.
That's another issue amicably resolved by the UKC masses!
When I rented a flat in 2000-2003, the rent included water. This might have been because the water wasn't metered, and the landlord didn't want it to be - as far as I am aware, a water company can insist on installing a meter when the occupier changes -whereas they couldn't if the landlord kept their name on the bill.
Definitely not standard. Normally if you rent a whole house, no bills are included, whereas if you rent individual rooms they might or might not be, depending on what the landlord decides before the contract is signed (the default being not included).
> Sounds like a pretty crap contract then. Surely it must state that the rent is inclusive or exclusive of certain or all bills?
However, a reasoned answer to your question is here:
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