I have been living for the past six months in a garage apartment. Just recently I have figured out why my electric bill has been outrageously high, even with rigid energy conservation: my electric meter is also hooked up to communal areas. I met with the landlord and she said she would reimburse me for the foreign load, and claimed that she had no idea that the communal areas were on my meter. Though, she says that the electrician who did the wiring for my apartment believes that he did tell her about the communal areas being put on my meter, which she says she may have forgot. She is trying to estimate how much energy was used from the foreign load, but cannot calculate an exact amount so I feel as though I am being taken advantage of. What are my rights? What should I do?
I agree with Mr. Garcia. The landlord need to know the exact amount and not guess. You have overpaid and maybe you get money back or lower rent. It really depends on what you negotiate. If she refuses, then you have the alternative of small claims court, but that is a last resort and would cost you money to file a claim against her.
The landlord needs to find a way in which to determine the exact amount, if she is unable to use that to your advantage in obtaining a favorable resolution by negotiating a relatively low payment.
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