I recently got a shock when a water bill tumbled through my letterbox. I had assumed that water was in my landlord’s name, but upon calling him I was told he was only responsable for a gas heater that the appartments shared and which heated the water. Upon checking my contract, I saw what I thought had been there: “Rent: XXX/Month inclusive of water and exclusive of all other utilities”. Yet the bill has been put in my name, and leaves me liable, and under time-pressure having been pottering around assuming this was all taken care of.
So my questions are 1) Can I approach him to pay the water and, if so, 2) Has he, by giving my details to the water company when that should have been his responsability, broken any other rules – data protection etc? Sure there is some protection against a landlord agreeing to pay bills in the shorthold tennancy agreement and then putting their names on the bill!?
Anyhow, thanks for any help! I’ve researched literally everywhere and found so little!