Is there any waythat Ican legally recover damages or at least holdmy landlordaccountable for a portion of all my utilities?

UPDATED: Jan 6, 2012

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Is there any waythat Ican legally recover damages or at least holdmy landlordaccountable for a portion of all my utilities?

I am renting a home that has a outside detached garage. The landlord made sure to exclude this out building in the lease as unusable by tenant. I just found out today that there are utilities that are running in the building and Ihave been paying for them for 8 months. Is there any way I can legally recover damages or at least hold him accountable for a portion of all my utilities?

Asked on January 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Georgia


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you do not rent the detached garage, but are obligated to pay all utilities associated with the rental you have including the detached garage, did you know that the utlities for the detached garage would be included in your bill before you leased the premises?

If so, I do not really see a basis for contesting the rent that you are paying where you pay the utilities for the garage. From a practical point of view, how much do you believe the garage costs as far as your monthly utility bill? $5.00 or so a month? If that is what you believe, perhaps you should ask for a discount of your monthly rental from your landlord of the amount of the utility charge for the detached garage?

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