My landlord locked the thermostat and it's not in the lease
July 3, 2012 6:58 AM Subscribe
Just started renting at a new apartment. The lease includes a flat fee for utilities, but does not state that the landlord will have control over the thermostat/have the thermostat locked. I was never told that the thermostat would be physically locked and the lease makes absolutely no mention of it. In fact, the only thing in the lease about utilities is his single hand-written line stating "$100 flat fee for utilities a month."
posted by rbf1138 to Home & Garden (29 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I saw the locked thermostat upon move-in, I called and asked and he was thrown off when I mentioned the lease lacking this stipulation, but said he could change it when I requested but that he'd like it to stay locked.
I'm not prepared to make a big fuss this early on, but this is really bothering me. I am able to slip a thin object into the box to change the temperature myself, which I am prepared to do because it appears to me that I have that right.
What am I legally able to do in this situation? How should I be handling this? Thanks!