The rental contract determins your rights duties and obligations. If you have no written contract, you must have an oral contract. That being the case, you may want to write down what your understranding is and see if that issue was addressed. If there was no written or oral contract, your landloard can change the contract with written reasonable adequate notice. Is it fair to have another person move in and thus increase the utilities (such as PG&E, garbage and water) that someoen else must pay? I don't know. Read your contract. Scott Burry - Real Estate Broker... more
Look closely at your rental contract. See if, in fact, you are responsible for 1/7th of the PG&E bill.
You may in fact have no suich responsibility. Also check (in your contract) to see what happens if you pay your rent in full (by the usual method - check) and do not contribute anything for PG&E or in fact pay about $40 per month. Reald your rental contract. Scott Burry - Real Estate Broker... more