Q: Apartment complex charged me electric when I don't pay electric through apartment complex, but through utility company.
This month's bill has an electric recovery fee of $15.00 and an Electric Charge of $51.55. I pay electricity through Duke Energy and not through the apartment complex. We just experienced Hurricane Irma this past month and I lost power for 5 days. I don't see how the apartment complex can justify these charges? Are they legally allowed to charge me for these because I just gave duke energy $100 for electricity. I don't understand what these apartment complex charges are for?
No way to say for sure without reviewing the terms of your lease.
If the lease authorizes it then yes but it does seem very suspicious. I doubt the lease authorizes the complex to charge this item.
I suggest that you review tiurnlrase in detail for such a clause or consult with a tenant attorney to have the lease reviewed.
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