The landlord has never made is quite clear that the rental was vacant when the water was discontinued. If the tenant was already occupying the unit when it was discontinued then the landlord has problems he does not even begin to understand.
Jake ~ you are so right on. All the diffrence in the world if water was turned off when rental was vacant or after it was occupied. You can NOT turm off the tenants water after they have moved in no matter what the contract says. you can post a 3 day quit notice for non compliance with the contract, but you can Not turn the water off. Learned the hard way at a cost of several thousand dollars.