What is the name of your state? NY
Who is liable for this water bill.
As per contract, tenant pays water bill. In rented house there is a main sump pump, and a back up that runs soley on water should the main pump break down.
After rain storm, basement floods, tenant calls landlord to inform him of flood, while there, landlord see's the main pump had malfunctioned at least 30 days prior, so back up sump pump had been doing all the work running up the water bill, since the back up runs on water. Tenant was unaware main pump had stopped working. Water bill arrives at $900, due to the back up pump running so long, whose responsible? Tenant because they never noticed the pump stopped, or landlord because they own the property, and therefore are responsible for repairs that are caused by "acts of god" or a "malfuntion"????