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    • horsecloakman
    • By horsecloakman 5th Aug 18, 3:38 PM
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    Student Flat Water Bill
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    • 5th Aug 18, 3:38 PM
    Student Flat Water Bill 5th Aug 18 at 3:38 PM
    I've been living in a student flat for about a year now and I'm moving out soon. At the start of the year my flatmate said we probably didn't need to worry about the water bill because he thought it was included in our rent for whatever reason. Regardless, I don't think it was. I checked the water meter, and it reads 1040. There's only two of us living here, so there's absolutely no way we've used that much water in one year.

    I'm just looking for general advice on how to deal with this. I don't have anything set up with a utilities company and now someone else is going to move into this flat soon and they've already asked me about who I pay for water. I don't really know what to do, I know I should have done something about this earlier. It just seems like the meter reading is way over.
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    • Cardew
    • By Cardew 5th Aug 18, 7:29 PM
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    • 5th Aug 18, 7:29 PM
    What was the water meter reading when you moved in?


    Also are you ignoring the last digits



    https://www.unitedutilities.com/my-account/all-about-water-meters/how-to-find-and-read-your-meter/


    The average consumption for two people is approx 110 cubic metres a year.
    • macman
    • By macman 6th Aug 18, 7:42 AM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 7:42 AM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 7:42 AM
    As above. The meter doesn't get reset to zero when you start your tenancy! Your tenancy agreement should state if you are liable for the water bills. If it doesn't, then they are your responsibility, jointly and severally as the two tenants.
    If you failed to take an opening read and register for an account, the bill will be estimated, so contact the supplier.
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