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Water bill spike due to busted pipes – Landlord / tenant responsibility?

“Long story short, the last water meter reading in the house I’m renting was in October 2014. The water pipes burst sometime after that, and they just finally read our meter again. It looks like there was a huge spike in the bill from there (around 70,000 gallons). A meter reader is going to come back out but assuming the reading is accurate:

Are the tenants responsible for a spike? Should we ask the landlady to cover it since it’s from a problem with the house?

It seems hard to assign clear responsibility for the water usage. Almost none of the current tenants were even living in the house when that happened.”

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