From a contractual perspective, whoever the lease agreements say should be paying it. As a landlord, I always paid the water bill and controlled the maintenance because I wanted to make sure the decisions about the appearance and maintenance of my property were in my hands, not those of the tenant. Without knowing the specifics about your situation, it's hard to weigh in with an opinion about who should or shouldn't pay, but the lease will be the controlling document.... more
It could be that the agent had offers in play and was focused on working with their client, the seller, to get one accepted... it might be best for you to have your own agent who will help you get in to see any property you're interested in and to set you up on an autobot so you get notified immediately when new properties fitting your criteria come on the market. Your own agent would be most loyal to you and help you negotiate the best deal possible for your circumstances... just a thought.... let me know if you'd like more information. I've been a member of the Santa Cruz Assoc for over 15 years... and was a Contracts Negotiator in Silicon Valley before that...
Molly Thompson, Broker Associate, APR