Redding, CA asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for California

Q: Can I hold my landlord liable for gas bill

Hello. I live in california and was wondering about holding the owner of the home I rent liable for a utility bill. Our gas bill went from $19 a month to $270. I finally got the landlord to send a specialist out and it looks like the heater needs a major repair so it stops using excess gas. Am i able to get reimbursed for the now $500+ that has accrued for my bill?

1 Lawyer Answer
Ali Shahrestani,
Ali Shahrestani,
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in California

A: If the high gas bill is the result of a leak in your heater, then you can make a demand on your landlord for the reasonable difference. If he does not willingly pay, and if you have evidence of your claims, you can sue in small claims court. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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