Did I get ripped off by a misleading lease agreement?
June 14, 2010 2:46 PM Subscribe
Vancouver BC Rental Agreement: Heat and Hot Water included. Or is it?
posted by porpoise to home & garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My lease at a new apartment I moved into at the beginning of April, in Vancouver BC, states that heat and hot water are included.
I got a massive hydro (electricity) bill just now (well, much more massive than any previous hydro bill I've ever received in BC). I called up BC Hydro to see if an error was made. According to BC Hydro, the units in my building have their own electrical heat, tied to the resident's hydro bill. I emailed my landlord/management company and they kind of gave me a runaround and would not actually confirm or deny that heat is included in the rental price, other than that heat is tied to the resident's hydro meter, and well, residents have to pay their own hydro bill.
All the other places I've rented which state that heating is included... well, the heating was included and I did not have to pay for that utility.
Is my lease agreement erroneous? Is there anything I can do about it?