Are utilities generally included in rentals? If not, all or some -- electric, gas, water, sewage, cable?

Asked by Sandy Holstein Angulo, Sugar Land, TX Mon Jan 6, 2014

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Josh Perkins, Agent, Castle Rock, CO
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Dear angulo265,

Usually, Condo units include water, sewage, trash pickup, and snow removal. Sometimes they also include Heat. But it depends on the complex. Most of the other utilities are usually the responsiblities of the renter.

Usually, the renter is responsible for almost all the utilities in a single family home. However, who is responsible for paying the utilities can be NEGOCIATED in the lease. Make sure you read the lease carefully, and talk to your perspective landlord about what you are responsible, and what they are responsible for.
Josh Perkins Your Castle Real Estate Denver 720.985.6834
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Jessica Bris…, Agent, Denver, CO
Tue Jan 7, 2014
Hi Angulo265,
It varies based on the homeowner or management company, keep in mind that all leases are different. In my experience, most apartment community leases charge a "utilities" fee on top of the base rent which usually includes trash/snow removal, exterior maintenance, exterior electricity, water/sewage. Gas, electricity, cable, internet are typically paid for by the lessee (you). If you are working with a homeowner or management company for an individually owned property, sometimes they can be more flexible and work with you, though not always.

If you haven't used the Trulia affordability calculator yet, I urge you to do so. It will help you determine the differences in the costs associated with renting and owning.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any further questions!

Jessica Briscoe
Your Castle Services - Real Estate
Call/Text: 719-568-0119
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Matt Johnson, Agent, Centennial, CO
Mon Jan 6, 2014
This is up to the individual owners, but in general expect to pay your utilities. In this day and age of energy and water conservation, a homeowner does not want to give a tenant the ability to use unlimited resources. In some cases you pay utilities directly and in other you pay to the landlord/management company and they pay the utility company. The most common utilities to be included are water and trash when renting from properties with HOAs and multi-units. Example; if an owner is renting a multi-unit property, he/she may receive one bill for the entire property. This needs to be divided by all the units based on usage or using estimates. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions or need assistance with your property search.

Matt Johnson
Brickstone Properties LLC
303-912-5486 cell
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Diane Filer, Agent, Loveland, CO
Mon Jan 6, 2014
Generally the tenant would be required to pay for electric and gas while water/sewer are paid by the landlord. Cable would be an option that is usually be paid by the tenant as well.
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