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    A few months ago I had a water bill that was triple the price of what it was. I contacted the utility company but could not determine what the problem was. After some time, I determined it was due to a slowly dripping faucent in one of the bathrooms that cannot be stopped. I had the property manager take a look with a plumber, yet nothing was done to fix it. A few month's later, I had the property manager come again to look and he agreed there is an issue. Once this is fixed, is it typical to ask the landlord to reimburse any of the water bill that was above the normal rate including the spiked bill?

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    Re: Leaky faucet?

    A slowly dripping faucet will not cause a water bill to triple.
    Due to a recent promotion, I should now be referred to as Major Obvious.

    I would not be trying to provide information and knowledge if I did not sympathize.

    Some days it is just not worth chewing through the restraints to face life.

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      Re: Leaky faucet?

      Originally posted by sk24iam View Post
      A few months ago I had a water bill that was triple the price of what it was. I contacted the utility company but could not determine what the problem was. After some time, I determined it was due to a slowly dripping faucent in one of the bathrooms that cannot be stopped. I had the property manager take a look with a plumber, yet nothing was done to fix it. A few month's later, I had the property manager come again to look and he agreed there is an issue. Once this is fixed, is it typical to ask the landlord to reimburse any of the water bill that was above the normal rate including the spiked bill?
      As Disagreeable has said, a slowly dripping faucet isn't going to make that much of a difference in the water bill. Something like that is a very quick and easy fix - usually replacing a washer, which a plumber could and WOULD have done if one actually came to look at it. Heck - it's even something so simple that a tenant with the right tools could do it themselves without much fuss or difficulty.

      If you expect your LL to reimburse you for the overly-high bill, you're going to need to:
      • prove that you notified them, and that they delayed or refused to repair within a reasonable amount of time; AND
      • come up with something better and more believable than a simple leaky faucet as the cause of such a huge discrepancy.
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        Re: Leaky faucet?

        Originally posted by sandyclaus View Post
        As Disagreeable has said, a slowly dripping faucet isn't going to make that much of a difference in the water bill. Something like that is a very quick and easy fix - usually replacing a washer, which a plumber could and WOULD have done if one actually came to look at it. Heck - it's even something so simple that a tenant with the right tools could do it themselves without much fuss or difficulty.


        If you expect your LL to reimburse you for the overly-high bill, you're going to need to:
        • prove that you notified them, and that they delayed or refused to repair within a reasonable amount of time; AND
        • come up with something better and more believable than a simple leaky faucet as the cause of such a huge discrepancy.

        Ok, we have several emails back and forth showing that we have notified them as well as response that they have checked it out and they believed it was a normal leak. The water statement actually comes quarterly, but still I'm not sure how much of an effect a leaky faucet can have. Going back even further, there was another leak coming from the same bathroom to the floor below, but this was said to have been fixed. Not sure if the two are related but I will ask the landlord what they think they should be responsible for with the increase in recent water bills.

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          Re: Leaky faucet?

          It is more likely the rates themselves have increased.
          Due to a recent promotion, I should now be referred to as Major Obvious.

          I would not be trying to provide information and knowledge if I did not sympathize.

          Some days it is just not worth chewing through the restraints to face life.

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