The National Landlords Association (NLA) has welcomed recommendations from the Walker Review of Charging for Water which could benefit landlords.

Unsuspecting landlords would no longer receive water bills which tenants have failed to pay if the recommendations are enforced, said the NLA's public affairs officer, Vincenzo Rampulla.

Working alongside the government, the NLA has ensured that the recommendations "represent a good compromise", said Mr Rampulla.

Ambiguity over whether the tenant or landlord is liable for the water companies' bill could be ended, he added.

The final report by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was published December 8th.

Author of the report, Anna Walker, noted that changes to the regulatory regime are needed soon "before the challenges become much bigger and more expensive to handle".

The report found that the current 1991 Water Industry Act "gives water companies the power to levy charges on the 'occupier' of a property …but does not define the term 'occupier'". It recommends that the act is amended to make liability clearer.

"The NLA thinks it is absolutely right that landlords must not be held responsible for their tenant's water usage. Government should act on the review's recommendations,"Mr Rampulla said.

Written by Mark GarnerADNFCR-2002-ID-19501299-ADNFCR

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