What About Utility Charges During Your Stay?

Tyler Malvase -

Some landlords will include utilities in the cost of rent while others will not. To see what utilities (if any) are included in your rent, please consult section 8 of your lease. Section 8 of the lease shows which utilities are already set up by the landlord and which utilities are included in the rent. Please see below for a sample lease:

 

In the above sample lease, Water, Garbage, Electricity, Gas, Internet, and TV Cable are all already setup by the landlord. The column highlighted by the red arrow indicates which utilities are setup by the landlord before move-in. If a box in that column is checked, it means that you do not need to setup that service yourself. 

 

The above sample lease also shows that Water, Garbage, Electricity, Gas, Internet, and TV Cable are all included in the rent and there will be no additional charges for those utilities. The column highlighted by the blue arrow demonstrates which utilities are included in the price of the rent. If any boxes in that column are checked, they are included in the price of the rent and you will not be charged for those utilities. 

 

If a utility service is not checked in the "Already Setup by Landlord" column, you will need to setup the service yourself. Please contact your landlord for questions about which utility providers they should contact. HomeSuite does not have that information on file and your landlord will be your best resource for that information. 

 

If a utility service is not checked in the "Included in Rent" Column, you will have to pay for those services. Your landlord will either charge you monthly for those services, deduct the utilities cost from your security deposit, or charge you a flat monthly rate for utilities. Too see if your utilities are charged as a flat monthly rate, please see section 8c of your lease. 

Utilities Cap

If your lease agreement includes a utilities cap in section 8d, then you will be responsible to reimburse your landlord for any utilities overages in a given month. If you exceed the utilities cap for the stated utilities, you will have to pay the difference between the total utilities for the month and the utilities cap in your lease. For example, if your utilities cap is $150 dollars a month and your landlord is charged $200 that month for utilities, you will be required to reimburse your landlord for the $50 dollar difference. Some landlords will have you pay the utilities overages right away, while others will deduct the amount from your security deposit. Please contact your landlord to see how they handle billing utilities overages.

 

If your lease does not include a utilities cap then either the utilities will be included in the rent, some utilities will be included in the rent, or none of the utilities will be included in the rent. Please consult the section 8 of your lease for further information on your utilities. 

 

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