Orlando, FL asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida

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?

1 Lawyer Answer
Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
  • MIramar Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: 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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