Fort Wayne, IN asked in Real Estate Law for Indiana

Q: Is it legal for a rental property to include a mandatory internet charge on a monthly statement?

I currently rent a townhome in Fort Wayne and have been informed that I am being forced to start paying an additional $60 a month to an outside company for internet service, which I not only do not want but do not need.

I am trying to understand how this is not a violation of my current lease agreement and more importantly, how it is that I have no say in the matter as to whether or not I have the service regarding this or any future lease agreement.

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A: The answer is within the lease agreement itself-----does it allow for this charge? Of course, you say no and you may be correct----ask your landlord where in the lease it allows for the landlord to have this charge assessed to you. If, after he shows you the provision, you agree, then that's that. If you do not agree, then tell him that you are not legally obligated to pay and will not pay it and see what happens. Good luck.

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