I live in Australia.
I had some tenants living in my investment property for approximately 18 months (they moved out a few months ago). I have since sold the property and settlement is in a month.
I had real estate agents managing the tenancy but ceased the arrangement when the tenants moved out, since I was selling the property.
I just noticed that over the 18 month period that the tenants were living there, I was paying their water usage. Normally in Australia the landlord only pays the water connection and sewerage fees. Usually I have a good eye for detail but for some reason I didn't look at the bills properly and realise that I was paying for this.
Prior to those tenants moving in, I was only paying water connection.
I was wondering if I have any case for recouping this money now, and how I should go about it. I am assuming that when the prior tenants moved out, water usage was moved to me automatically (being the landlord) and this was never changed to the new tenant.
- Who was responsible for notifying the water company of the new tenant? Presumably if it's the real estate agent, I have a case to recoup the money from them?
- If it was my responsibility, what is my recourse here?