Water bills of £74,000

A tenant has had water bills of £74,000 because of a leak outside his home.

Ryan Bishop, of Peacehaven, Sussex, ended up in a wrangle with two water firms and the developer of his rented home over bills of £33,000 and £41,000.

South East Water and Southern Water have since said Mr Bishop will only pay for normal usage and the developers were being contacted about the leak.

Bovis Homes, which built the house, said it heard about the issue on Monday and was working to find out the facts.

Scaffolder Mr Bishop said the leak was suspected six months ago when his meter showed he was using 50 times more water than he should.

He said the house was still under guarantee and he reported the issue to Bovis Homes and his landlord.

“Six months later, I got the first bill for £33,000. And they said I owned it and I had to pay it,” he said.

“I’d like to earn that in a year, let alone have the bill for it”

Ryan Bishop

He said he reached an agreement with supplier South East Water over that bill, only to receive another from waste water company Southern Water for £41,000.