Washington State / Snohomish County
Renting a house in the country that has been split into 3 units, a basement apartment a studio and the main home. Landlord has been submetering the utilities and then sends an email / invoice to us.
Moved in March 1, 1st bill was for 2 weeks really high so we turned off the heat, and chilled, watched all usage, 2nd bill / email invoice came was extremely ridiculous, with mine and the other unit it exceeded 500.00 *not counting the studio*
I requested a copy of the bill / breakdown from the landlord over a week ago. I have yet to even get a response from them. The gentleman renting the lower unit called and requested the same he has gotten no response either.
In our lease it states they will charge us 12% interest if not paid with the following rent payment in full *due May 1st*
I contacted the utility company and although they were unable to provide me with a copy of the last bill they told me that the highest bill during the last 6 months was 550.00 (more than likely in the winter)
We have a garage that houses the shared laundry facilities and has a seperate meter, obviously there is no way to split this fairly, but we suspect that we are paying the full electricity for the entire place.
Upon inspection of the meters we noticed one main into my unit *not seperatley metered*, one seperate for WH (we assume is well house) unit 2 the basement and unit 3 the studio. And one on the shared "common" garage/ laundry.
I do not have a hot water heater in the main house, it is located in the apartment below.
How can this be fairly and legally done?
And can they charge us for the garage electricity?
I would qualify for energy assistance if the bill came directly to me, this is crazy!
Tons of other issues with this house would love to get out of this lease *(1 year) HELP PLEASE!