Argh blargh monopolies
August 12, 2009 9:16 AM Subscribe
My new rented house used to be a duplex, and it still has two electricity meters. Do we really have to pay two bills every month because of this?
posted by showbiz_liz to law & government (14 answers total)
Five friends and I have rented a large house to live in. Our lease just started, and we are in the process of getting the utilities set up so we can move in.
The house is a renovated duplex, which is why it's so huge. The renovation is so recent that it was still going on when we signed the lease last winter.
Our landlord told us that for most of the utilities, the house still had two meters in place, so we'd need to let the various companies know.
I was in charge of setting up water, and after lots of back and forth with the landlord it came out that, really, it was only necessary to turn on one of the meters. I got it all set up, and it was fine.
My roommate in charge of electricity, however, was told- either by the electricity company or the landlord, or both, I'm not sure- that we had to turn both meters on. And then the power company charged her two separate activation fees, for a total of $300!
This really seems sketch to me. Why on earth should we have to pay twice as much in electricity bills just because of what the house USED to be like? Is this issue something that should have been corrected during the renovation, or what? Is it legal for them to charge us twice, and is there any way around it? I.e.- if we just had one electricity meter turned on, would the whole house still GET electricity?
Only one of us is in town with the house yet, which only makes this all more complicated.