Utilities in renter’s name

By Tenant

It is common in most tenants to pay for the utilities of the apartment or house that they are renting. They also wished that the utilities bill will be addressed in their names so that they would know what they are paying for every month. Yet some landlords will not change the utilities bill to the tenants name for some apparent reasons.

Here are some things to do before signing a lease agreement with your landlord and move in.

  • Do a walkthrough. First thing to do before moving in always do a walkthrough first in order for you to know the condition of the house. And for you to know if you are the only one using the utilities of the house. Also it will help you in the future if ever you find out any problems with the house.
  • Make sure to read the lease agreement first. Before signing anything always read what is written in the agreement especially when it comes to paying the utilities. Some landlords offer the utilities for free or for a certain amount every month.
  • Emphasize your wish to change the utilities name to your name. Make sure that before you move in that the name for the utilities bill is already changed to your name. Do not move in unless it has been changed.

Just to be sure that you are not paying more than what you consume it is very important for you to see the bill for the utilities. And you cannot do it if it is under your landlord’s name for he will just ask you for a specific amount without you verifying if it is really what the bill states. It always feels good to know that you are not being cheated and you are being respected as a tenant.

Edited on: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 9:52 pm

15 Responses to “Utilities in renter’s name”

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March 6th, 2013 10:00 pm

Some landlords ask too much for utilities even though your consumption is really not that much.


March 7th, 2013 9:00 am

Yeah always make sure that it is already on your name. We don’t know if what we have as a landlord is crooked or not.


March 7th, 2013 8:00 pm

Good thing I have a good landlord. I do not experience problems when it comes to my utilities bill.


March 8th, 2013 7:20 am

Go over your lease agreement and see what it says about the utilities before signing.


March 8th, 2013 6:20 pm

It smell a little fishy if the landlord will not change the utilities bill to your name don’t you think?


March 9th, 2013 5:20 am

To avoid disputes on utilities both the tenant and the landlord must come into an agreement with regards to the utilities bill. They must sit it down and talk about it first before the tenant moves in.


March 9th, 2013 4:40 pm

How long does it take to change the name on the utilities? If it won’t take too long then the landlord would just have to change it once and for all to avoid arguments between the tenant.


March 10th, 2013 3:20 am

I think to avoid confusions when it comes to paying the bill


March 10th, 2013 2:20 pm

It is a crappy lease if it does not specify nor state anything about the utilities.


March 11th, 2013 1:00 am

Remember that you are responsible for everything in the house and that includes the utilities and its payments.


March 11th, 2013 12:00 pm

For years I have been paying the utilities that are shared. Now


March 11th, 2013 11:00 pm

Nice to have your own meter


March 12th, 2013 10:00 am

Maybe your landlord wants you to pay for his bills too.


March 12th, 2013 8:40 pm

Ask for proper accounting. If something is not right


March 13th, 2013 7:40 am

Filing a complaint would teach the cheating bastard.


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