What should I do if I just found out that my electricity is covering the entire building?

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What should I do if I just found out that my electricity is covering the entire building?

This was not in our lease.

Asked on November 26, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you are a tenant in a rental and the electricity that you are presumably paying for is also for the entire unit (other rentals) you need to speak with your landlord about this unfair situation and the need for other tenants to pay their fair share.

Depending upon the age of the rental you are in, there could be requirements that each individual rental must have its own separate utility meter. Calling your local permit and building department would be the best way to ascertain if individual meters are a requirement for the unit you are living in.

Another option would be for you to consult with a landlord tenant attorney about your situation of your landlord is not responsive to your request for resolving the electricity issue.


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