I live in a residential basement apartment in Calvert County, MD. I recently discovered that my landlord is receiving an energy assistance grant from the state and is on a payment plan with the electric company. Our lease agreement states that we will pay 50% of utilities because we are sharing a meter with the upstairs apartment. We had no quarrel with this until discovering that we were being charged for usage and not what was stated in the bill. For example, for one month his actual bill was $0 due to the grant being submitted to the electric company, however he was charging us approximately $280 for the usage. If he is receiving a grant from the state, can he charge us more than the actual electric bill? Would we have grounds to break our lease due to breach of contract?
Real Estate Attorney
I think you asked this before. Let's see if my answer matches. Only regulated public utilities may mark up utility. The exceptions are for large commercial properties or large apartment complexes.
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