Is the landlord allowed to charge for water in an apartment complex?

Asked by Tim.mccord07, New York, NY Thu Sep 27, 2012

My landlord already charges me $15/month for water because I have a washer and dryer. She is now trying to increase my payment by $15/month. Is this legal? We also have termites in out baseboards and she says there is nothing she can do about it. Is this legal?

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Frank Codisp…, Agent, Huntington Beach, CA
Fri May 3, 2013
I have to start off by telling you that I am not an attorney, so I can't address the legal aspects to your question. However, there are some givens:

1.) Your lease stipulates the agreement you have with your landlord and what they can and can't do in terms of rental fees and charges. If you signed an agreement for x dollars per month over a period of time, say 12 months, that landlord cannot arbitrarily increase or change the terms unless they are empowered by your contract to do so, or you agree to it in writing. Check that fine print.
2.) A rental unit must be fit to live in; that is, it must be habitable. In legal terms, "habitable" means that the rental unit is fit for occupation by human beings and that it substantially complies with state and local building and health codes that materially affect tenants' health and safety. I would challenge your landlord about the termites.

Check out this link for more information. This section discusses these and other possible issues and problems in the landlord-tenant relationship: http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/problems.shtml

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Kindest regards,

Frank Codispoti
ReMax TerraSol
714-584-5509
http://www.FrankCodispoti.com
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Dori Kay, Agent, Temecula, CA
Sat Oct 6, 2012
Legal advice is outside the scope of a real estate agent. The attached link provides a lot of information, including possible 3rd party sources that could assist you if your rental property is in fact in CA. http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/resolve-prob…

Good Luck.
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