Detroit, MI asked in Landlord - Tenant, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Ohio

Q: I rent a duplex in OH. Landlord had meter readings mixed up. I figured out 11 months later when the downstairs neighbors

Moved in. (No one was there before.) The bill was near $300 for electric. After weeks of trying to get the landlord to fix it, and the electric company out. He is telling me that I owe the difference. Though it was not my fault. Is this legal?

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: If your lease requires you to pay the electric that you use, then you are obligated to pay whatever the proper billing for your usage works out to be, regardless of the mix up. If you don't pay, landlord can subtract from your deposit, sue you for any additional amount, or file to evict you.

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