From the 1st January 2015 landlords will have an obligation with properties who fall under the these water authority areas of Welsh Water or Dee Valley Water areas to ensure that they notify the relevant water companies of the current or new tenant details, this doesn’t currently include Severn Trent authority areas, landlords failing to do this will be held jointly liable.
How can you avoid being held liable
In order to ensure that you are not held liable for any water debt you will need to provide the water authority with the following information;
- Full name
- Date of birth (if you hold it)
- The date the occupancy began for each of the occupants within the property (including the property address).
What do I do for existing occupants?
For any existing occupants, you will need to have done this by the 21st January 2015 and for any new tenants you will have to notify them within 21 days of them moving in/their tenancy or contractual arrangement beginning (whichever is soonest).
How do I do this?
We recommend that you do this via Landlord Tap – click here it was set up by the water companies to make letting the water board know easier for both landlord, managing agents and all partied involved.
You will need to register so go to their website and follow the on-screen instructions to enable you to provide the relevant information to the Water Authority. If you are unsure, the portal will automatically work out by postcode which water authority to send the information to.
We believe that this will eventually be rolled out nationwide and will keep you updated with any changes