Surface water

Hi All,
Newbie here. I have a question about surface water charges. I've noticed that included in the fixed charge is a charge for surface water, in my case £12.51. I live in a house that is split into two flats. One ground floor, one first floor. Should the surface water charge not be devided equally between the two flats, and if so can I claim it back to when I moved in 9 years ago?
Thanks for any help received.

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  • HappyMJ
    HappyMJ Posts: 21,115
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    ronta1 wrote: »
    Hi All,
    Newbie here. I have a question about surface water charges. I've noticed that included in the fixed charge is a charge for surface water, in my case £12.51. I live in a house that is split into two flats. One ground floor, one first floor. Should the surface water charge not be devided equally between the two flats, and if so can I claim it back to when I moved in 9 years ago?
    Thanks for any help received.

    No it's not split. It's a charge per property.

    We have 12 flats in our building and the water company gets 12 times £33.08 instead of 4 times £80.70 had they been built as 4 small detached houses or 6 times £56.99 had they been built as 3 pairs of semi detached houses.

    I am billed by South Staffs Water.
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    :p Regular savers earn 6% interest (HSBC, First Direct, M&S) :p Loans cost 2.9% per year (Nationwide) = FREE money. :p
  • ronta1
    ronta1 Posts: 2 Newbie
    Thanks for your quick reply HappyMJ, but I think you are referring to the fixed charges. My fixed charge is similar to yours, £34.03. My question is regarding the charge for surface water (in effect, rain water) which is a part of the fixed charge. I realise that the fixed, or standing charge is per property, but since this is a converted house with two flats sharing the same roof, shouldn't the surface charge be split?
  • Cardew
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    edited 16 June 2016 at 7:17AM
    The method of charging for Surface water drainage differs according to the company. The only thing they have in common is they are all equally stupid.

    I am afraid you could live in a 50 storey block of flats - 4 flats per floor - and all 200 flats would pay the same; even a penthouse covering two complete storeys woul pay the same as the smallest flat.

    Some charge different rates(e.g. Severn Trent) for flat/Tce, Semi det and Detached. So, say, a house like 10 Downing street* with 80+ rooms but terraced, would pay much less than a 1 bed bungalow!
  • deanos
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    if it has been split then it is now 2 properties so 2x charges
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