Can I hold my landlord responsible for my water usage used while an irrigation pipe busted?

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Can I hold my landlord responsible for my water usage used while an irrigation pipe busted?

I turned off irrigation with local water company because I didn’t want to pay water bill. A irrigation pipe busted and local company says I used without contract and I have to pay for over 7000 gallons of water. Can I deduct from rent with proof of usage?

Asked on August 30, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you in fact caused the water pipe to burst and over 7,000 gallons of water was wasted, then under the law you should pay for the excess water usage and not your landlord. After all, you caused the problem, not the landlord. You can deduct from the rent the amount of usage you normal have on an average but such is not a good idea since you are not allowed to do so under the law. Such most likely will simply upset your landlord further.


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