What is the name of your state? California
This past summer my tenant thought there must be a problem with the airconditioning system
She was running the unit all day and night and it wasn't cooling down the house.
She called me and I immediately sent a repairman to look at the airconditioner.
He found some problems with it and cleaned it out. He told the tenant that because the unit was not working properly . "you probably got a big energy bill last month didn't you?" he said.
"yes, I did" the tenant replied. "We'll that's the reason why your bill was so high" said the repairman
Now the tenant wants me to split the utility costs with her.
In our rental agreement there is a clause that reads:
"Appliances - Although there may be appliances in the dwelling, such as a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer, or garbage compactor, the use of these appliances is not included in the rent. If Tenants wish to use these appliances, they agree to assume all responsibility for care and maintenance. If Tenants wish to use their own appliances, they agree to assume all responsibility for care and maintenance."
So am I correct to include the Central Heat and cooling system included in "Appliances"?