I rent a cottage from my landlord. We have separate meters. When I moved in he insisted that the electric be in MY name, but the gas and oil be in HIS. I never received a bill. 10 months later he tells me I owe $1500 for gas and oil and it is "seriously past due". I knew I would have to pay for gas/oil, but it does not seem fair to hit me with it all at once. In the lease it states that "tenant shall be responsible for arranging for and paying for all utility services required on the premises." I live in New York State, but not in NYC.