There is a section called "addition charges" under rent, where it has a utilities heading and then only the box for garbage is checked (I pay $10 to the landlord for this). Then there is a separate section for utilities that says below. But there is nowhere in the lease where it says specifically that I have to pay for water. This section below refers to section 4, and in section 4 it only says I have to pay the landlord $10?mo for garbage. In any case it is not really clear.
"In addition to tenants convenant to landlord to pay for gas, water, sewer, garbage, as set forth in section 4 above, tenant agrees to pay all other utlility charges individually metered or charged to tenants specific apartment before delinquency or default. This shall include, without limitation, electricity, telephone, data services and cable television. Landlord should not be liable for failure of any utility services whether paid to landlor directly or though utility company"
marcia h chase
Water is one of those things that a tenant can control, like electrical and gas use. Some folks take very long hot showers and others are in and out so quick they barely get wet. The landlord has no control of your choice, so it seems reasonable for you to be responsible for this.
You are correct though that your lease should spell out what utilities and expenses you are responsible for.
Start by double checking the lease and have a polite conversation with your landlord. Sorry for the unwelcomed surprise.
As an aside, our water bills in Seattle also contains the sewer charge (which runs about 2xs as much as the water bill as well as the garbage. $85 for 7 weeks probably wouldn't cover all those costs here, but again, it should be stated in your contract that you are paying additional utilities.
In any event, it should be in the lease how and who pays the utilities. It may be worth sitting down and talking to the landlords about the confusion.
Linda M. Bagley