Washington, DC asked in Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia

Q: Can I make my landlord help me pay my water bill?

I contacted my landlord Jan. 18 and ask if she could have maintenance come look at my toilet because it keeps running she then tells me oh I was meaning to call you because D.C. Water called me and said it was an increase in the water usage I was upset but I didn't saying anything at the time I wanted the problem fix so finally she had someone fix the toilet on Jan. 31. Today is Feb. 10 and I received my water bill and it's $285 normally my bill ever month is no more than $60 so now I'm very upset I called to D.C. Water and they inform me that the problem looks like it was fix on Jan. 31 which was the same day the problem was fix now I would like to know if my landlord financially responsible to help me pay half or at least some of it since she got the call because it's her house but failed to call me and I'm the one who has to pay for it

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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: How did your landlord cause this problem? That's not clear. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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