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I have a lease that includes a utility fee. Can my landlord

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I have a lease that includes a utility fee. Can my landlord start having me charged by an outside utility company for electrical usage?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
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Yes, a lease is between the landlord and tenant and they are free to agree upon terms that they want to agree upon. So, the landlord can have a utility fee in the lease. The tenant can also be made to pay for their utilities from whatever company the landlord chooses to use. This is all based on the terms in the lease. So, yes, if the landlord has these terms in the lease, they are allowed to do so.