water meter at my duplex
I currently am renting a duplex that has only one water meter. It is clearly stated in my lease that I (tenant) am responsible for all utlities. However when I moved in to the duplex the other side already had tenants residing in it yet the water bill was coming in the name of a tenant that lived there 2 years prior. Needless to say my neighbors had no idea that they were supposed to pay the water bill therefore they did not have a water bill in their name either. Well one day the water is shut off and my neighbors have moved out because the landlord increased their rent. I called the number on the bright pink notice that was stuck to my door only to find out the information previously stated about the meter and name on the bill.
When I contacted the "property manager" she informs me that she does not even know the person named on the bill and further more does not even know the name of the utility company. I said all that to because she also informs me that the current bill is over $600 and she is going to pay it but bill me what she thinks my portion should be since I moved in in November. Is that legal? Is it legal to have only one water meter at a duplex where you have both sides rented out and tell both tenants it is their responsibilty to have it turned on in their name.? How does that even work? Can someone plese advise me because I think I am getting scammed.