Water companies say they are more vulnerable to bad debts, as unlike other utilities, they are not allowed to cut people off or limit their water supply.
Experian estimates that private tenants are responsible for around £500million of unpaid water bills every year, while the review confirms that approximately £11 of everyone’s bill is used to pay for the debts of others.
Graham Kinnear, Managing Director of Landlord Assist said: "The suggestion that the landlord could be responsible for the tenants water bills is absurd and will do nothing to enhance the position of the private rented sector.
"If landlords are made liable for unpaid water bills they will have no other option but to increase rents to cover the extra liability."
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