Im currently renting a house and my water is getting shut off on the 3rd of May and my landlord told me i would have to pay for it however the bill is not in my name. I was told that i could not switch the bill to my name without the deed which i do not have because im renting i do not yet own the house. Am i responsible for paying the bill? And can they shut off the water while im living there i also have 4 children aged 8yr 5yr 3yr and 3 month old.
Generally, tenants are responsible for their own water usage. What does your lease agreement state? Whether the bill is in your name is generally irrelevant, particularly if you are the one receiving the benefit of the service.
It depends on the language in your lease, as well as other factors, such as whether or not their are other units in the house. In any event, I recommend organizing everything in your possession that is relevant to this matter, and consulting with an attorney individually. Many of us offer free consultations, so it will not cost you anything out of pocket to obtain guidance from an experienced professional.
You are only responsible for water payments if your lease says you are (most do not). Even if the lease says you are responsible for water, the deficiency in payment might be from before the tenancy.
Yes, the city will shut off the water, regardless of who lives there.
Talk to an attorney, ideally before the water is actually shut off.
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