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Wrong water meter

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Steambuff View Drop Down

Joined: 17/April/2019
Location: Australia
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  Quote Steambuff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Wrong water meter
    Posted: 17/April/2019 at 16:06
Quick summation: several light industrial units on one title, we lease unit A, Unit B is next door, we have realised that the local water company have listed the meter number for unit B on our bill, and Unit B have our water meter number on their bill - consequently we are paying for their water, they are paying for ours!

We took over a lease of unit A 2 years ago, this situation has been like this for probably 10 years (since the water meters were changed/updated by the water company).
We use about 3-4 times more water than Unit B (we estimate, based on his meter readings and the meters being the same age)
The units were built approx 30+ years ago.

Are we liable for backpayments? for how long? pay to the water company? to the leaseholders of Unit B?
can the lease holders in Unit B seek compensation from us?
Curious to know the possible legal remedies!!

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  Quote Eddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/April/2019 at 08:04
I think it would be reasonable that you only be liable for any back payment only while you have been tenant (2 years). You can't be liable for the water consumption of previous tenants.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/April/2019 at 18:37
I agree, however this probably should have been discovered during any due diligence prior to moving in. If you employed a professional to complete this, you may have a case against them.

Also you may be able to escape any back payments if the mistake was that of the water company, any reputable company would write these off.

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