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Old 05-06-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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Hi there,

I am considering a move to the Boston area. We are looking at potentially living in Belmont, Arlington, Watertown, Newton, or Brookline (I know...probably should narrow that down a bit!). I am trying to figure out some budgeting and am wondering if you can help me estimate expenses? We'd probably rent a townhome, and I'm thinking around 1400 sq or less (need three bedrooms). I am curious how much gas/power/whatever is and how much to guesstimate per month.

Also, who you might use for Internet provider and how much basic decent service would be.

Thank you soooo much for help!

MBlair
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:54 PM
 
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Can't help much, but can tell you that if you are renting, your landlord pays for water and sewer (fyi in case you are from out of state and didn't know that).
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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Can't help much, but can tell you that if you are renting, your landlord pays for water and sewer (fyi in case you are from out of state and didn't know that).
Is that only in Boston area??
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:36 AM
 
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Is that only in Boston area??
No, that is statewide. Landlords don't have to pay to heat the water, just for the water itself. A few other things a lot of folk don't know:

1. A landlord may only ask for the following payments up front:
  • The first month’s rent
  • A security deposit to cover the cost of any damage to the apartment beyond normal wear and tear (which may not exceed the amount of one month’s rent)
  • The last month’s rent (the month that will turn out to be the tenant’s last one in the apartment)
  • The cost of a new lock and key for the apartment
So, pet fees/deposits, carpet cleaning fees prior to moving, etc. are not allowed.

2. All security deposits must be deposited in a Massachusetts bank, in an account that collects interest, and within the first month of the tenancy. The landlord must provide the tenant with the name and address of the bank holding the security deposit, plus the actual account number. Each year, the landlord must either pay the tenant the interest on the security deposit or let the tenant deduct that amount from a rent payment.
(make sure that you get receipts and hang onto them!)

3. The landlord or his agent can enter the apt. only under specific circumstances... see link for specifics.

The following link from the city of Medford has very valuable info...
City of Medford, MA - Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:01 PM
 
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Landlords most certainly do not have to pay for water in MA. At least not all of MA. At my apt in Marlboro I paid my own water/sewer bill. This was a large complex as well.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:53 PM
 
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Landlords most certainly do not have to pay for water in MA. At least not all of MA. At my apt in Marlboro I paid my own water/sewer bill. This was a large complex as well.

From what I can tell, it's still the law-landlords do have to pay for water. Call Central MA Housing Alliance if you want to double check. CMHA - Home If the law has changed, please post...

When I moved to MA, I read about this water issue in some relocation materials. A month or so later, my roommates (who'd lived at this house for years) were complaining about the high water and sewer bills. They were floored when I told them it was the landlord's responsibility. The out-of-state landlord was more floored when she had to pay them appx. $2000 to cover the water/sewer bills for the past several years.


Just because it's a complex doesn't mean anything...I rented at a large complex in Worc. county that, among other things, included language in the lease that when a tenant moved, he had to vacate the apt. three days before the lease was up to allow for carpet cleaning. That didn't seem right, considering I'd paid them for a full month's rent, but had to leave before the end of the month. I checked with Central MA Housing Alliance and they confirmed that yes, that was illegal.

I suspect that a lot of landlords (inc. at larger apt. complexes, which may be based out-of-state) don't know all of the laws...
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:39 PM
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Your gas bill will vary depending on how well insulated your place is. Mine varied from $30 to $350 a month depending on the season, but my place is rather poorly insulated so yours could be a lot lower. Your electricity bill will also depend on what applicanes you have. Will you use CFLs or incandescents? Will you have A/C? A big desktop computer or big screen TV...etc. My electric bill was about $30/month for about 200 kWh.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:24 AM
 
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Your gas bill will vary depending on how well insulated your place is. Mine varied from $30 to $350 a month depending on the season, but my place is rather poorly insulated so yours could be a lot lower. Your electricity bill will also depend on what applicanes you have. Will you use CFLs or incandescents? Will you have A/C? A big desktop computer or big screen TV...etc. My electric bill was about $30/month for about 200 kWh.
At least with energy deregulation, you can get electric for a lower kwh rate than this poster mentioned. My company would save about 9 bucks off that bill above.
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