Repayment of Backdated Water Bills for 29 Months Lease Period
Last edited 14/12/2017 - 19:54
Will try to keep myself crisp and short:
I'm renting an apartment for now 29 months with my partner and never received or paid a water bill. After a quick check initially with the Agency when moving in on what to connect I ended up with only electricity and internet bills addressed to my unit. As the water was included in my previous apartment that I rented, I presumed it is the same case for the current apartment, which I believe is also quite common. No one since then did any further digging on this or raised questions. Meanwhile also the overseeing Agency changed to another one.
Apparently today I received a notification from one of the Property Managers that I'm asked to pay $600 in water costs back to the landlord while "without realising it, the owner has been doing so". It is for the whole 29 months lease period with quarterly raised invoices attached.
We have a new tenant in the block since recently and I believe he must have been too investigative about the water bills which raised suspicion.
I'm happy to pay any future raised water bills since it's being billed now under my name.
However I don't feel to be fully responsible to repay the $600 in water bills that are being addressed now by the Agency.
Would appreciate any advice on how to deal with this/them.
Thanks for your advice on this. Rang Victoria Tenant Advice and apparently I have to pay the whole sum back to the landlord. I will look for some reasonable instalments