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Old 03-18-2012, 01:22 AM
 
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Do you have to pay a water bill in Colorado when you rent an apartment?
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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It all depends on the apartment. I lived in one where water, sewer, trash was free. And I've know some where it's extra. Just depends.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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It probabbly wasn't free. Unless the landlord was not very business savvy, the cost of the water bill was probably factored into the rental fee you paid, but he succeeded in making it seem like it was free. That's one of those win-win deals.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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Cosmic is right. In most cases but not all, sewer and trash collection factor into that price as well.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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No, I was told the high rent was for the view.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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Oh ok. I was wondering because here in Texas we have to pay rent and then our water bills we have to pay seperate.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Denver & Boulder regions
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It all depends on how it is presented as it may or may not be wrapped into the rent but often enough water isn't incl because individual water consumption fluctuates.
Is this an apartment complex or are you renting a condo from someone? Some HOAs have it a part of the monthly fees, and many large apartment complexes have it as part of rent.. so double check; so if the LL is paying it thru HOA fees then you shouldn't be charged for it, imo.

Always remember that everything is negotiable!
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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You usually do, but it's not much. Mine is like 4$ a month or something
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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I have not seen an apartment in Colorado where you would have to sign up for water service with the utility company. In some apartments, water, sewer, and trash is just hidden into your final rent price and stays the same for the duration of your lease. In other apartments, usually there is one meter per building and your portion shows up on the rent bill each month. For the latter situation, expect to pay $35-65/month average depending on number occupants/bedrooms. Water bills can be high in the summer time so I use the word "average". Generally you will establish service for natural gas and electricity directly with the utility company. In Denver Xcel is the utility. Because of Colorado's colder climate, heat is most often by natural gas rather than heat pumps which are common in the South.
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