SAMPLE LETTER

Invalid water usage charge - meter

You can use this sample letter when you are being asked to pay water charges in your rented property but you are aware that there is not a seperate meter for your property. 

Cut and paste the template letter below or download a copy from the link above. Remember to substitute your details for the details contained in [square brackets].

[Your name and address]

[Date]

[Landlord’s or agent’s name and address]

Dear …

Re: Water usage charge at [your address]

I have received your letter dated [date]. You state that under the user-pays billing system each tenant must pay a part of the water account. I do not have to pay any part of the water usage charge because the premises at the above address is not separately metered for water.

I refer you to section 39 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010, which forms clause 9.6 of the standard form of the residential tenancy agreement and states:

“9. The landlord agrees to pay: …

9.6 all charges in connection with a water supply service to residential premises that are not separately metered”.

I trust that this letter clarifies the matter.

Yours sincerely

[T Tenant]