I have found that it varies from property to property and property manager to property manager. As the owner of a house that is rented, I wanted to charge my tenants water, sewer and trash, but my property manager talked me out of it. They pointed out that if the tenant doesn't pay the bills, the delinquency notices just go to the rental house. There could be a lien on the property before you ever know the tenants are not paying the bills and that would affect your credit rating. Also, it is common in this area for the owner to pay these expenses though tenants have to pay them in other areas, like San Francisco. The owner is ultimately responsible, so why not include it and make the rent higher accordingly? This has worked for me.