Is it legal for a landlord to charge me with the whole building's electric bill? 8 Answers as of July 26, 2013

I have the electric in my name and the apartment I'm in is charging me for the rest of the building’s electric bill. The landlord told me my rent will go up from month to month.

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Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S.
Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S. | Joseph T. G. Harper
Typically power is either individually metered, or based on a percentage. You do not occupy the entire building, so you should not be responsible for the entire building's power usage. I would think that other tenants would be responsible for their share as well.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/26/2013
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
Yes its legal if you agreed to it in a lease.. However if you have a month to month lease you can move with 30 days notice.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/26/2013
Law Office of Mary Louise Boelcke
Law Office of Mary Louise Boelcke | Mary Louise Boelcke
No, this is not legal. You should only have to pay for your electric, unless you signed on for this in the lease. If you do pay for it up front, then you should at least get reimbursed for the part that is not yours.
Answer Applies to: New Mexico
Replied: 7/26/2013
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
You should not be paying for the entire building but I do not understand why just you would be billed if there are other units there. Are you the only unit and are objecting to outside electrical billings? Who pays is a matter of what the rental contract says. The landlord needs to give you thirty days written notice to change any part of the contract, including? the amount of rent that you pay.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/26/2013
Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
What did your lease say? If the bill is not in your name and the lease didn't require you to pay it, why is the landlord asking you pay it? If there was never a lease, why are you being asked to pay it now? The landlord can raise your rent on 30 days notice in a month to month.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/26/2013
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