My sister in law's landlord has rented the studio apartment
attached to her duplex. She is charging a family of 5 rent including utilities
as their base rent for the studio. The problem is that the utilities are in my sister in law's name, not the landlord's. To make matter worse, the landlord has lied to the others stating that their rent was raised to accommodate the additional utilites being charged to my SIL's account, and that my SIL's rent was lowered to ameliorate the difference. That is untrue. As the utilities are not in the landlord's name, and their is no additional meter to transfer the studio's electric. The electric has gone from $200/mo to $400/mo, but the landlord is not reimbursing her for the difference.
What recourse does my SIL have? It is illegal for the landlord to lie to her tenants, she has threatened eviction
when my SIL put her foot down, and - as a disabled person, who is a caregiver of other disabled people, my SIL's family needs legal protection and advice.
This is all taking place in Poinciana, FL - Osceola County.
Thank you for any and all advice you may be able to render.