New Law makes Buy to Let Landlords Liable for Unpaid Water Charges

13 December 2012 Categories: News

New Law makes Buy to Let Landlords Liable for Unpaid Water Charges

Recent amendments made to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 means that buy to let landlords can now be held partly or fully responsible for their tenant’s unpaid water bills if the landlord fails to inform the water company of the tenant’s full details at the beginning of a new tenancy. Until last month only HMO landlords were responsible for the payment of utility bills, including water charges, in their rental properties, but the change to the law now makes all landlords liable for unpaid charges and arrears.

The advice being given to landlords in the wake of the change is to immediately inform the water supplier in question when a current tenancy ends and a new one begins via registered post. It is also vital that landlords get a forwarding address for departing tenants whenever possible as it is their charges that will need to be paid in the event of arrears.

Landlords around the country are understandably unhappy with the amendments to the law but water companies say the amount of money lost in the form of tenant arrears is getting out of hand, and that the recent changes are simply a way to recoup some of their potential losses.