Is my landlord allowed to hook the washer and dryer up to my electric without my knowldege?

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Is my landlord allowed to hook the washer and dryer up to my electric without my knowldege?

I know I have already asked a couple of questions, but I am at my wits end. I feel harassed and taken advantage of. My landlord offered to put a washer and dryer in the basement and that I could use it if I would help with the cost. I agreed to help. I however did not agree to having them hook the washer and dryer up to my electric. Is this legal?

Asked on February 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written it seems that the landlord is entitled to hook up a washer and dryer in the unit you occupy to your electical meter. If you use the two appliances you should pay for the electricity unless your lease says that the landlord is repsonsible for the utilties.

If other tenants are using the washer and dryer besides yourself, the landlord needs to discount the costs of the electrical bill that you will have due to other's use of appliances on your meter.


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