My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
Over the last 6 months; the pipes have burst 3 times. My landlord has paid for the repairs. The problem? He expects me to pay the high water bill ($300) that resulted from this. Fortunately; the water company decided to only bill the property owners right after the first pipe burst.
My landlord keeps telling me that it is my debt since I signed a lease that states that I would pay all utilities. In my opinion; this is outside the realm of "usual & customary" utilities.