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Landlord is charging me for utilities in separate apartment

My landlord converted the basement of the house I'm renting into a studio apartment and want to rent it out separately. However, the utilities are all under the same control, which is in the house. There is no separate control for the studio apartment, so I would be paying to heat the place, and for someone else's electricity/hot water use, etc. This can't be legal, right?

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Yes, assuming there is a written rental or lease agreement that requires the tenant to pay for utilities, the landlord can charge you for utilities IF he or she installs separate metering to assure you are only paying your share of the utilities.  But certainly the situation you describe is not legal.



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