All Southwark Council tenants (including those living on JMB estates) have historically paid their water rates as part of their weekly rent.
As a result of a court ruling in May last year however water charges will no longer be collected as part of the rent. From the 1st April 2017 all tenants will be responsible for paying their water rates directly to the Thames Water.
Tenants should receive their annual bill in April with information on various payment options. Obviously, rent charges from April will be reduced accordingly to reflect the change in payment arrangements.
The JMB will be hosting a public meeting on the 15th March, at 6:30pm, at the JMB office with a representative of Thames Water present to answer any questions on the change over. Thames Water will also be presenting a number of schemes which will help residents reduce their water bill now they are direct customers.