landlord tenant law in the US regarding utilities
November 18, 2006 2:11 PM Subscribe
Is it legal for landlords in the United States and the State of Colorado to pay the utilities for a building and then evenly divide the sum between all of the apartments? Someone told me that there was law against this but I have been unable to locate it. They said that essentially all units must be metered or the rent can be raised to "include utilities" but that they could not pass utilities on without metering apartments so that each pays their share.
I have rented apartments before where the rent is 'x' per month and the utilities are paid. This situation I understand is legal in that they are merely charging more rent at what they estimate the utilities to be and calling it even. However, I now live in a building where each apartment has metered electricity but the gas/heating bill is shared by everyone in the building by what they get billed by the utility company. Aside from the obvious problems with this (ie everyone turns their heat up so they aren't getting charged to be a little colder) my friend told me that he thought it was illegal to charge utilities in this manner without individual metering as they essentially charge everyone the same amount regardless of the amount of gas they use. I also believe that the managers may be inflating the utility charges but am awaiting a reply from the energy company on the buildings usage for a given month to see if this is true. Does anyone know to which law my friend refers? Any ideas how I should approach this with the landlord?