There are 3 tenants in the 3 apartments . I am paying for the electricity in the common hall on all 3 floors , the exterior lights , the basement lights , and the washer in the basement which all tenants use . I was not told at the chm of leasing this would be my sole responsibility .
Real Estate Attorney
Do you have a written Lease? If so, have you reviewed it for any language relative to the electricity?
You potentially have recourse against your Landlord. Assuming that you alone are paying all of the electricity for the common area, you were not notified of this situation verbally or in the lease, are not being compensated for this situation with a lower rent, then you are entitled from compensation from the Landlord.
Assuming the above, you should notify your Landlord of the situation and ask that the electricity for the common areas be switched into his name. You should also request that you receive reasonable compensation for the common area electricity that you have paid.
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