Can landlords make a profit from utilities payments?
May 12, 2009 8:50 AM Subscribe
In Washington State, can a landlord legally make a profit off of a business tenant's utility payments?
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I own a business in Washington State. We've been in one space for several years and are currently negotiating our lease option.
The landlords had not previously mentioned any increase in our utilities bill until after they agreed (at our request, due to the economy) to not raise our rent for the next year.
When they sent us the new agreement, however, they now claimed that our utilities payments (water and electricity only) were going up 25%.
We suspect that this increase may be retalitory in nature, which leads me to wonder: can they charge us more for utilities than those utilities actually cost them, and then pocket the rest? Or, legally, should our cost be the actual cost?