if i live in an apartment for 7years with all include now there trying to make me pay for water is that leagal?

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  • if i live in an apartment for 7years with all include now there trying to make me pay for water is that leagal?


Answer #1 | 19/12 2013 16:33
They have to give you a 30 day notice of the change, but that is the only legal requirement.
Answer #2 | 19/12 2013 20:09
you are already paying for water but I am guessing the LL sees one or more units using up 2-3x the amount of water a normal tenant uses. DO you have leading washers? do you take 1 hour showers? do you leave facets running? can guide further
Answer #3 | 19/12 2013 17:01
That depends upon where you live and how good the rent controls are. Contact you local landlord tenant board and ask.
Answer #4 | 19/12 2013 16:56
If you are currently in a fixed term lease they can not change anything. If you are currently on a month to month basis then they can give you a 30 day written notice (one full rental period) that they are making this change. You can choose at that time if you will stay on and accept the change or respond in kind by giving a 3o day written notice to end your tennacy.
Answer #5 | 19/12 2013 16:38
If you are on a month to month rental agreement, your LL only has to give you 30 days written notice of the change. You can either accept the change or move before the change takes effect.
Answer #6 | 19/12 2013 21:49
If you are on a month to month lease or your lease is coming up then they can make you pay this, with proper notice. if you don't like it you can always leave.
Answer #7 | 19/12 2013 22:25
If you are month to month or your lease is up, they can change the terms to no longer include the water with 30 days notice. However, it it's a joint meter with other apartments, they can not force one tenent to subsidize the entire building. If you have your own meter, you can pay your own bill instead of the landlord.
Answer #8 | 20/12 2013 19:38
your lease probably has in it the inclusion of a paragraph that states that if the landlord decides at some point he can switch the water to you and you'd have to pay for it in addition to your rent, so yes it's legal for them to do that. Today everything is so expensive, what with taxes going up, flood insurance strangling the homeowner and business owner, and now Obamacare being required for everyone, well everyone is running a tight ship, and your complex has decided it can't pay all it's bills so has decided to shift the water bill to you to pay.
Answer #9 | 20/12 2013 14:33
If you have a lease for a specific term that does not address raising or changing utilities then no, they must wait until the lease expiration to change the terms. If you are on a month to month contract then they must give you the notice required in your state before they can change terms. And yes with proper notice they can change terms and start to charge for something they didn't charge for in the past. Things change. Where I live in SoCal the cost of water increases every year. Multi-unit rentals are beginning to add water sub-meters and bill tenants individually for what they use or WASTE. Without sub-meters they can use area ratio billing. But the answer is, unless you are in government regulated low income housing [the developer received a low interest loan in exchange for providing low income housing for xx years] then yes they can change the terms with proper notice.
Answer #10 | 20/12 2013 14:19
The owner has a right to charge you for water when your current lease expires. Their costs have gone up so they cant afford to pay the water for you any more.
Answer #11 | 20/12 2013 03:37
Yes, at any point the lease is up, they can change any and all terms of said lease. If you do not agree, you move elsewhere.

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