Unjust heating - What's my rights?

Asked by csjamsoeri, Daly City, CA Thu Jan 31, 2013

I am renting a bedroom in an in-law unit in Daly City. The family upstairs (not the owner of the house) has control over the heater. They run the heater all day and night which causes the PG&E bill to be about, this month is $55 a person (PG&E is split equally by 7 people), but on average, it's about $40 a month a person. I rent a small bedroom that is less than 300 sq ft and feel I shouldn't pay this much for utilities. It's not fair. Also, it was never disclosed that the heating control was upstairs. Does anyone know what my rights are to this problem? Or have had similar problems?

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Scott Burry, , Daly City, CA
Sun Mar 10, 2013
Look closely at your rental contract. See if, in fact, you are responsible for 1/7th of the PG&E bill.
You may in fact have no suich responsibility. Also check (in your contract) to see what happens if you pay your rent in full (by the usual method - check) and do not contribute anything for PG&E or in fact pay about $40 per month. Reald your rental contract. Scott Burry - Real Estate Broker
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csjamsoeri, Renter, Daly City, CA
Thu Jan 31, 2013
Thank you, Sheryl. I will definitely look into this.

Mack: no, $55 is my share this month. the total bill was $385 split 7 ways. I have until July before my lease ends but have been paying an average of $40 the past 6 months.
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David Tapper, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Thu Feb 14, 2013
Without reading your lease, it's hard to give advice. You may not have any recoarse. You might be able to talk to an attorney to get some advice, maybe the first call is free.

I know it's frustrating when you feel you are paying for someone else's expense, but you might still have a very good deal overall. The rental market is hot just like property sales.

See what else you can get for your money on the rental market before you cause too much of a stink.

Good luck,


David Tapper
Coldwell Banker
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Thu Jan 31, 2013
So we're talking $15 a month. The landlord could change things, make everybody else pay $2 more a month, I suppose.

How long do you figure you're going to be living here?
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