Hi all, I was hoping for some advice/experiences with water rates at unoccupied property. I bought my house in Dec 07 and wrote to UU advising I’d taken ownership and requested that the water supply be disconnected. (The house was to be totally refurbished including replacing all the old internal lead pipework so no water/sewerage was required). Sometime in Spring I got a letter for UU which said something to the effect that ‘To The Occupier, Our records show this property to be vacant and we will be calling to disconnect the water supply to stop any possible leaks’. I thought this would be fine as this is what I’d requested… but didn’t hear any more after that. OK - I accept some blame here for not following up on that letter, but my girlfriend and I were doing this house up as a project on our own and after reading the letter I pretty much forgot about it… well until yesterday. Yesterday I received a bill from UU for £403! This bill relates to a period before I owned the house, and for the water/sewerage rates up until March 09. I’m assuming they didn’t get/read my initial letter as the bill is still addressed to ‘The Occupier”. I had thought that by advising UU that I didn’t require a water supply I wouldn’t have to pay the full water rates, and that I’d only be charged for drainage of rainwater, etc. I’ve scoured the UU website but can’t find any info, but other water supplier’s websites do tend to point to a discount when the water is disconnected. You guys and girls are always knowledgeable about such things, so I thought I’d get your thoughts/experiences before speaking to UU. Thanks!