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Massachusetts Law About Submetering Water for Tenants

Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.186, s.22 Water Submetering in Residential Tenancies

Massachusetts Regulations

105 CMR 410.354: Metering of Electricity and Water. Allows landlords to separately bill tenants for electricity and water in certain circumstances.

Other Web Sources

Charging Tenants for Water, A. Joseph Ross, 2006. Describes eligibility, billing and other provisions.

Landlords Can Bill Tenants for Water, South Coast Today, Dec. 18, 2004.

When Can a Tenant Be Billed Directly for Water under the New Water Law?, Mass. Legal Services. "Under the new water law, landlords may now bill tenants separately for water if all of the following requirements are met: Landlord has installed submeters that measure actual water used in your apartment; Landlord has installed low-flow fixtures; Your tenancy started on or after March 16, 2005; Previous tenant was not forced out; There is a written rental agreement that spells out water bill arrangements; and Landlord has filed proper certification." 25-page booklet includes: Who Pays for Water, How Submetering Works, Paying the Water Bill, Plumbing Problems, and More About the Law.