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Sandy Holste…, Renter in Sugar Land, TX

When renting an apartment , are utilities included. If not, what utilities would you be expected to pay electric, water, gas, sewage, cable?

Asked by Sandy Holstein Angulo, Sugar Land, TX Mon Jan 6, 2014

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Most HOA companies have their rules and regulations posted online somewhere. You can always try to confirm any information via those types of links. Just google the name of the apartment complex and you should be able to find the management company. Unfortunately, as other agents have mentioned below, there are so many different inclusion and exclusions for utilities these days, it's too difficult to say.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 13, 2014
It varies a lot depending on which property you are renting! You should check with your landlord before you sign any lease. Most often, if you are renting a condo or apartment, the water, sewage, trash and snow removal are paid by the landlord, and the gas, electric, cable and internet are paid by the renter. But this definitely varies depending on the unit, so check with your landlord before you sign the lease! Contact me if you have questions about the rental market. I own rental properties in the Denver area. Best of luck! Josh Perkins, Your Castle Real Estate, Denver, Colorado, 720-985-6834
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 12, 2014
Hi Angulo265,
It varies based on the homeowner or management company, keep in mind that all leases are different. In my experience, most apartment community leases charge a "utilities" fee on top of the base rent which usually includes trash/snow removal, exterior maintenance, exterior electricity, water/sewage. Gas, electricity, cable, internet are typically paid for by the lessee (you). If you are working with a homeowner or management company for an individually owned property, sometimes they can be more flexible and work with you, though not always.

If you haven't used the Trulia affordability calculator yet, I urge you to do so. It will help you determine the differences in the costs associated with renting and owning.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any further questions!

Jessica Briscoe
Your Castle Services - Real Estate
Email: JessicaSellsDenver@gmail.com
Call/Text: 719-568-0119
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 7, 2014
That is a great question. The answer is yes and no. There is not a standard in Denver. You will find rentals with utilities included, and also where the tenant pays them.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 6, 2014
It will vary greatly by rental community. Some will include all utilities (not including phone, cable, internet). Some will include water and sewer, and you pay gas and/or electric. Some have you pay the utility company directly, while others bill you for your utilities. It is truly is all over the board.

I think the general rule of thumb is that the higher the rent, the more utilities you will pay. The idea being that the most desirable rental communities don't have to discount rents or include your utilities to maintain high occupancy rates, and the more desirable the more community, the higher the rent will be. The one exception to that is the category of senior rental communities. Properties like Yale Station apartments, which caters exclusively to the senior community, include utilities in their rent, yet they have reasonable rents are considered to be very desirable.

Best of luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 6, 2014
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