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Electricity in Common Areas in a Duplex
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Author:  emilie [ Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Electricity in Common Areas in a Duplex

I have a couple of duplexes, and I heard that if
both tenants have access to the basement, the
fact that they are both using the electricity in
the basement is a problem.

Even if there's no washer and dryer, and the
only reason they'd go down there is for their
electrical panels, they are sharing the electricity.
I understand that the tenants have to have access
to their electrical panels, and therefore to the

I heard at an ACRE meeting that landlords have been
sued for a tenant's entire electric bill over an extended
period of time, and had to reimburse the tenants huge
sums of money.

What are the solutions to this problem?

Author:  Phil S. [ Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Electricity in Common Areas in a Duplex

If the utility that is used is in a common area and the billing for that area is attached to any individual tenant, then the landlord may be responsible for the entire utility.

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