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.
Shel-lee Davis, QSCÂ®
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