Baltimore, MD asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Rhode Island

Q: Is it legal to have a Shared utility only wired to my meter? This has never been disclosed to me by the landlord.

My electric bill is triple my neighbors. I have lived here for 5 years. My landlord has never mentioned that I pay for a shared utility. This has just come to light when I had an electrician come check to see why my electric bill was so high. Upon further examination a plumber became involved and there is a leak in a Pipe underground. Every 5 min. The well pump

Kicks on for 1 Minute.

This takes quite a surge of energy to start the pump every time.

I have figured it out that this pump runs an extra 76 hours a Month! My landlord does not seem to want to reimburse for the last 5 years and take this pump off my meter. Is this legal?

1 Lawyer Answer
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: It is unclear what expense is shared, and what is due to the leak. If the pump is not yours, you may have a case of theft of utilities against the person who wired it on your service. This may require more investigation and perhaps professional legal representation. Once you have all of the details. contact your local attorney to evaluate the case.

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