Am I liable for electricity if landlord has been paying for a year and a half in their name? Lease says tenant responsible
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Based upon the limied information provided, if the Lease contains a requirement that you pay the electricity and the Landlord recently brought up this requirement with you, it is best to make immediate arrangements to pay the current electricity charges and change the account into your name.
There may or may not be a waiver for the past bills, but going forward you are obligated to pay, particularly once the LL gives you notice of an intent to enforce the terms of a lease.
If the lease made you responsible, then you would normally have to reimburse the landlord for the utilities he/she paid (plus legal interest, if demanded), and then should pay that expense moving forward.
If you refuse to do so, the landlord would be justified in serving you with a 3-day notice under Code of Civil Procedure Section 1161.