Q: I have been renting a duplex unit for more than three years. A week ago, my landlord told me that the water bills have been getting very high and that she was thinking about charging me for water. My lease states that I am not responsible for water unless it's more than $30 per month. I received a bill from her recently for an entire year's worth of water bills, or almost $480. I understand that this is an average of $40 per month, but is it legal for her to back-charge me for water bills? It is a duplex with only one water meter. How can she prove that I used half of the total water? Also, I water her lawn. Should I have to pay for that as well? A: Your situation illustrates the growing challenge for the rental housing industry. Back in the 1970s, most rental housing propert...
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