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Old 02-26-2007, 12:27 AM
 
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hello.... I'm in need of answers.... I am looking into renting a two family house.... the house only has one water meter and one gas meter... i was wondering if any one knew if the landlord is resposable for those utilities or what.... i have heard that he is because there are two units in this house and that they both need seperate meters for the renters to be responsable....thanks to anyone that can help...and if you find a website that states the law..... throw it out so i can check it out....
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:02 AM
 
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I guess if the utilities are included in the rent the fact that there is only one meter dosen't matter. If each unit pays their own I would think two meters are a must otherwise how would you know how much gas and electric each unit uses. I've seen leases where utilities are included and some where there separate. It's going to be a case by case situation. Talk to the landlord or realtor and make sure you get everything in "WRITING".
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Old 02-26-2007, 12:16 PM
 
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well.. having 1 meter for water is fine.. landlord normally includes water.. but when it comes to gas and electric.. each apt has to have it's own meter unless it's an illegal apartment.. in this case the landlord would pay for all utilities..
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:13 PM
 
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There is absolutely no law that says a 2 family house must be metered seperately. Nor is the lack of an additional meter or meters any indication whatsoever that you are in an "illegal" apartment.

If you think your apartment is illegal, call zoning and ask if the house is zoned as a 1 family, 2 family, etc.

If a 2 family house has only one meter, make absolutely sure that you know what you are signing up for before you sign a lease. A landlord could require you to pay for the entire building, pay it all themselves or split the bill 50/50 or whatver with you. As long as it is clear what (or for whom) you are paying for, any arrangement is allowed.

Read the lease carefully before you sign.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:37 PM
 
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Default Utility Laws

We rented an apartment where the customer had two apartments on one electrical meter. The landlord split the electric bill and added it to the rent each month.

We paid our own gas. The electric bill and the gas bill were both very high and we were not shown the bills.

Our understanding is that our landlord is not a regulated utility broker and can not meter or split bills between tenants.

Also the electric and gas bills were both very high. We questioned the bills and asked to see the mechanical systems of the building. We suspect that we may be paying for the landlords commercial building on the first floor of the building.

What is our recourse? Could this be fraud. Our lease says we must pay our own utilities. Do we have civil recourse if the landlord was misrepresenting the situation or overcharging us for utilities we were not using?

the combined utilities approach $10,000.

Any insight would be appreciated.
Bob
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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Unhappy Utility Laws

We rented an apartment where the landlord had two apartments on one electrical meter. The landlord split the electric bill and added it to the rent each month.

We paid our own gas. The electric bill and the gas bill were both very high and we were not shown the bills.

Our understanding is that our landlord is not a licensed utility broker and cannot meter or split bills between tenants.

We questioned the bills and asked to see the mechanical systems of the building. We suspect that we may be paying for the landlords commercial office on the first floor of the building.

What is our recourse? Could this be fraud? Our lease says we must pay our own utilities. Do we have criminal or civil recourse if the landlord was misrepresenting the situation or overcharging us for utilities we were not using?

The combined utilities exceed $10,000.

Any insight would be appreciated.
Bob
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