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pattym

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What is the name of your state? ohio. i have lived in the same apartment complex for seven years. it consists of several buildings, all having eight separate apartments. recently the landlord has announced that we will now have to pay for water, which has always been provided for us as the only free utility. there are no separate meters or separate water tanks. it is all common. plus there is a common washing machine in each building. we are being informed by the landlord that they will be dividing the water bill for the building based on number of tenants in each apartment. is this right? seems we are all at the mercy now of our neighbors water usage. and how about those that do not use the common washing machine?
thankyou for your help
 


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reddenbakker

Guest
NO the landlord cannot do this UNTIL your lease expires AND you sign a new lease agreeing to this.

In some states it is illegal to share any utilities which this is the case, a tenant has a legal right to pay for exactly what you use.

If you have no lease then the landlord can do this in 30 day, but first check with a local lawyer to see if this is illegal.
 

FarmerJ

Senior Member
look in your state govt web page for LL tenant to find out exactly what your states laws are about single metered structures If you cannot find the answer then call your sity and ask the switchboard who can tell you . If you find a statute that requires the LL to pay single metered utils then . You might want to send the LL a letter registered that you will be more than happy to pay for water and sewer when you have a submeter that services only your unit .
 
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reddenbakker

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You might want to send the LL a letter registered that you will be more than happy to pay for water and sewer when you have a submeter that services only your unit .-----------------------


But you would be only start paying after your lease expires... since paying for the water & sewer will be a nice increase in your monthly rent and the landlord cannot increase your rent or expenses untill the end of your current lease anyway.
 

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