Can You Dispute Water Bill With Landlord? — Yes, Here's How

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How to Dispute Your Water Bill With Your Landlord

Rent prices are spiking as the housing market begins to go back to normal — the last thing you want to do is pay MORE money for utilities you're not even using! Fortunately, you don't have to when you know your renter's rights.

According to your renter's rights, you have the right to dispute any charges that you deem unfair or inaccurate. If the landlord does not work with you to resolve the problem, you may even be eligible to take them to court to get justice (and compensation in many cases!)

So, Easy: with DoNotPay.

The task can be taken care of on your own, but DoNotPay resolves the problem quicker and easier, acting on your behalf, so you can continue doing what you're doing. What's more, our product can address other problems such as how to get your security deposit back from your landlord, where to file a complaint against your landlord, landlord repair responsibilities, and writing a letter to your landlord for repairs.

Why You May Want to Dispute a Water Bill With Your Landlord

charge from their landlord, but you absolutely can if you think you're being overcharged! In fact, you can ask for proof of documentation for any charges coming from your landlord.

Never let your landlord tell you otherwiseYour rental agreement is to pay for the water you use, and therefore, you should only pay for the water you use. Request proof that you are only paying for the water you are using by looking at the water usage located on the water bill.
Your options if the dispute doesn’t go your wayIf you dispute your water bill with your landlord, and they ignore your request, you may qualify for compensation. This is especially true if you're sure that the reading does not match your water usage.

You can fight back with a demand letter that requests proof of water usage. In worst-case scenarios where your landlord does not comply — it may be time to break the lease early!

How to Break a Lease or File a Demand Letter on Your Own

Depending on your landlord's response to your demand letter, you may not have to go as far as breaking your lease. However, if it comes to it, you can do it yourself or enlist DoNotPay for help. DoNotPay would be the easier option.

Filing a demand letter by yourself may require a lot of time and effort on your part. However, it isn't too complex to complete and often just needs you to detail the problem and ask for what you want.

On the other hand, breaking a lease early goes into legal territory, where things can get much more complex. You'll need detailed documentation of:

  1. Your water bill.
  2. The payments you made.(including bank statements)
  3. All contact with your landlord on the topic. (i.e., emails, text messages, call recordings, etc.).

What DoNotPay’s Landlord Protection Can Do for You

Many problems can arise if your landlord isn't keeping up with their end of the renting terms. When this happens, you must take action and fight back for what is right. You deserve justice!

In fact, our Landlord Protection product can help you with any of the following problems:

  • Get back your security deposits.
  • Learn about your state's eviction laws and what protections apply in your case.
  • Resolve disputes regarding repairs with your landlord.
  • Resolve disputes with roommates by filing demand letters or going through small claims court.
  • Break your lease early.

How to Break Your Lease Using DoNotPay

In just four quick and easy steps, DoNotPay can break your lease on your behalf (so you don't have to!):

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.

  2. Select which issue applies to you.

  3. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.

  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.

Other Ways DoNotPay Can Resolve Your Problems

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