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Landlords must pass on tenants details to Welsh Water

New regulations introduced by the Welsh government means landlords in England and Wales whose rental properties receive water and sewage services from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water will need to provide information about their tenants to the company.

Landlords can become liable with the tenant for any outstanding water and sewerage chargesLandlords can become liable with the tenant for any outstanding water and sewerage charges

The changes require landlords, letting agent or local authorities, to inform Welsh Water about tenants in their properties within 21 days of the tenants moving into the property. Failure to do so means the landlord can become jointly and severally liable with the tenant for any outstanding water and sewerage charges. 

Welsh Water’s managing director of customer services, Julia Cherrett, said: “We are currently working to ensure landlords are aware of this new duty. We want to make the process as easy as possible for new landlords. Due to the short notice of the new legislation, landlords are being given a three-month ‘grace period’ by Welsh Water to help them prepare for the legislation and share the necessary details. This means that we will not take any action to enforce the regulations until 31 March 2015.”

Landlords will need to supply details to Welsh Water including the property address, tenancy start date and title, name and date of birth of all adult residents. 

Author: Maureen Gaines, Editor, WET News Find on Google+
Topic: Policy & Regulation
Tags: Wales , Dwr Cymru Welsh Water , local authorities , sewerage , water , water bills

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