Make Owner Install Water Meter, Monitor Individual Usage

In a Connecticut case decided October 2009, a dispute over the amount of a water bill that a tenant owed to its owner resulted in protracted litigation. The owner's failure to install water meters for each unit on the property and bill tenants individually for usage made it extremely difficult for the court to determine if the tenant's unusually high bill was correct. If the tenant had lost the case, its inability to show that its water usage could not have been nearly as high as the owner claimed it was would have cost it more than $65,000.

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