Legal Questions & Answers

Can I Charge The Tenant For Water?

Maybe. It is generally the landlord’s responsibility to provide and pay for water for the dwelling.

The Governor has signed into law an act authorizing water sub-metering in residential tenancies. This statute overrules an advisory ruling issued previously by the Department of Public Health. The statute amends M.G.L. c. 186 by adding a new section. While paragraph (a) sets out the definitional section, the rest of the section allows the landlord to enter into with a residential tenant a new contract whereby the landlord may charge that tenant for water usage only if the landlord installs water conservation devices for all faucets, showerheads and toilets in the unit.