Bills, bills, bills.
August 8, 2010 7:21 AM Subscribe
My roommate is overcharging me on utilities, and I feel a bit misled. How can I address this with her?
posted by blackcatcuriouser to Human Relations (29 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We're on very friendly terms and we've had no trouble communicating thus far. But I'm having some trouble finding the right wording to address this with her.
I moved into her place in June, and our rent is evenly split. At the time she told me that in addition to rent, she thought it best that I just give her an extra hundred dollars each month for utilities, because that's around what they normally come out to. (Electric, internet, joint Netflix.) Since it's not outrageous for those things to come out to almost $100 a person in NYC, especially in the summertime, I agreed. We have no written agreement.
Today I saw that our electric bill is a mere $60 (Shame on me for not asking to check it out sooner, but I'd trusted her word.) Internet is about $20, and the Netflix account is something like $14. That does, indeed, come out to around $100 - TOTAL, not per person. There are no other utility costs, and we both chip in pretty equally when it comes to house stuff like cleaning supplies and toilet paper. Except, I am singlehandedly paying for our utilities.
I don't think it's fair that I am paying more than $50/month, especially while she assumes none of the cost. I'd like to express this in a way that is not accusatory "You lied to me!!" or too pissed off "You're overcharging me, bitch!" How can I assertively address this with her, without burning any bridges?
(We normally communicate about apartment-related stuff via email, since we have very different work schedules and don't see each other often.)