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Old 01-02-2013, 08:37 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

Quick question...I just visited an apartment complex today, and they claimed that the heating/AC and water are included in the rent. All I have to pay would be the electricity bill (from DTE). I'm slightly confused as all these "free" amenities aren't mentioned in the application/brochure.

Is there a way for DTE to differentiate the electricity use for the AC and my personal appliances? Or can I assume that they're on 2 different meters? I've heard horror stories about DTE and their estimates ranging in the hundreds of dollars so I'm slightly skeptical. I'm hoping it's all stated in the lease once I receive/review it.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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Sounds like the water, heating and ac mechanical systems are shared by the tenants and have a separate meter.

Your apartment unit should have a separate meter to measure your own electrical usage.

If that's the case, you probably can't control the temperature for the heat or ac. The owner of the apartment complex would do that.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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It all depends on how it is set up. If there is one furnace per unit, if it's not separately metered for electric--even though it may have a separate meter for gas--you would likely be paying the electricity to run the furnace blower and the AC. You just need to ask about the furnace and AC and how everything is metered. The details of what is included in the rent should be written into your lease. Don't sign one unless those details are included.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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Ever think of asking the landlord?
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