If there was a small leak in our apartment, can the landlord charge us for the water bill even if water is included in the rent?

Asked on March 22, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, it does not sound like the charge is valid, especially if the leak was something that the landlord would be required to fix.  Take your lease to some one to read and give them all the facts surrounding the matter.  Maybe a tenant's rights group. Ask about a clause called "added rent" in the lease and see what it says.  Continue to pay your regular payments.  Good luck. 

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