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Francis, Renter in San Gabriel, CA

i rent a small office space 900 sg ft.($735) landlord charge me electricity, gas, water,trash& gardening On top he charge CAM charges is that

Asked by Francis, San Gabriel, CA Sat Sep 25, 2010


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Legal? We're not lawyers here. But sure, it can be. Read your lease. If the lease allows him to do so, then in all likelihood he can.

You signed the lease. What does it say?
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
To clarify, your CAM charges may include trash, electricity, etc, but they may be your portion of those charges for the Common Area only. Trash and electricity, etc, for you unit may also be levied. I agree with Shel-lee, get a breakdown of what is in the CAM charges to be able to better determine if you are being double-charged for anything.
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Depends on your lease agreement, review the document as the answer can be found in there; for any legal questions you may have, consult with an attorney.
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Check your lease documents. It appears you have, what is called, a triple net lease. If the lease is not clear or if you have any questions about the terms of the lease, you should check with an attorney. Only an attorney can speak to the legality of the charges you are being asked to pay.

Also, you should have the right to see the compsition of the CAM charges. CAM charges will cover items which can not be specifically charged to you because they are not individually metered or they provide benefit to the entire complex of buildings or suites. Usually gardening, trash and water are part of CAM. Other items which would be included in CAM would be building insurance, parking lot cleaning and maintenance, common area electricity (which would be on a meter that services the entire building, not just your suite), etc. Perhaps looking at what is included in CAM will help you determine the appropriateness of the charges being assessed to you. Hope this helps. Dare to Dream.

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Yes it is, but it depends on what is in your contract. The only thing from that list that raises a question is the gardening-- that seems to be a Common Area expense, but it depends on what you are renting and how it is laid out. Definitely look at your contract, or ask your Realtor to review it for you.
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