Thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.
I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.
The landlord's failure to disclose and make the proper adjustment for the electric bill is a violation of the California law. YOu already have the references as you have indicated in your question.
You can bring an action against the landlord to get an adjustment to the bills that you previously paid. You would bring the action in Small Claims Court. Prior to bringing the action the first step is to send a Demand Letter. Te Demand Letter describes in simple declarative sentences your position and the remedy that you desire.
By sending the Demand Letter you may get the attention and leverage that you want to negotiate a fair departure.
Also, you need to look at initiating the litigation before any statute of limitation expires. Since the date that you have learned about the split meter the clock has been running.
Here is a link to an article about how to write a good demand letter:
The statute of liimitations may be as short as one year from discovery of the fraud:
I want you to be comfortable and satisfied with my attempt to assist you. Please, if you have ANY follow up questions, feel free to ask. Please note that I am generally unavailable Friday evening through Sunday.
I hope the information I have provided is useful to you and that I have earned a positive rating from you. It costs you nothing extra, and is the only way I get credit for my attempt to assist you.
If you are dissatisfied with my response PLEASE let me know before giving me a negative review so that I may try to be of better assistance. Or if you prefer, let me know and I can “Opt Out” and your question can be re-posted without additional cost to you. I will be fair to you and only ask the same from you.
Please note: Information given is not legal advice. Only your local attorney can give legal advice. I can't establish or accept an attorney-client relationship with you. All posts are available for public viewing.