Can a landlord charge tenants for out door lighting electric

Asked over 1 year ago - Covina, CA

wants to charge $10.00 a mo. to every tenant

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each tenant pays own electric.

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  1. Frank Wei-Hong Chen

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Yes, if the obligation to pay the $10 is set forth in writing in the lease or rental agreement.

    Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is... more
  2. Ian Thomas Valkenet


    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . Consult the terms of your lease. These questions of contribution towards shared utilities or common spaces is usually addressed in the terms of the contract.

    If you cannot understand the terms of your lease, consult with an attorney who can help explain its terms.

  3. Lawrence Hindin Geller


    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . As you can see from my colleague's answers, both of wich I agree, outdoor lighting is a negotiable cost that should be contained in your written lease.

    If the lease is silent, the interpretation would be that there is no additional cost to you as it would be a change in the terms of your lease. If, however, you are in a very short term lease (i.e., month to month) the landlord can give you a notice of increase in rent consistent with the notice requirements (30/60 days)

    Disclaimer: I am licensed to practice law in the state of California. Therefore if your case in not in California,... more

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