My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: CA
for the past two years I have disputed my waterbill with my landlord. The unit was built in 2006. For a while I did not get a waterbill (agent said don't worry about it is included). Then after a new owner took over 2 months later I got a bill where my usage was double the usage from my old place and the numbers (readings& cost per water unit) did not seem make any sense. water cost was to high and my usage worked out to more than what my friends use at their house with a yard to water. My requests for 'proof' either via showing me the meter or providing explanation of the 'readings' have not been met, and I have gotten different answers about the submetering from the agents.
I have talked to the local utility, and I believe that the complex is using the RUBS method (above unit has about same bill) and they are also up charging the water cost AND overcharging for trash removal. the 'readings' on my bill had no correlation/meaning to the Utility readings for the building.
I have read background paper#27, it would seem that all this would be illegal. However I gotten a notice that since I am late on water bill (billed via AUM billing service) my RENT check will be used to cover the balance and thus I will be handed a UD for underpayment on rent
What can I say to these guys to force the issue of "prove my water usage and or billing formula". I'm also confused about the part where I am responsible for set up and paying utilities and I get a separate bill but they have the power to take it out of my rent. What's stopping them from pulling the same move with my cable or phone bill if I was not pay a disputed bill with those guys