Someone's tappin into yer stuff, dude.
Same thing happened to me when I lived in an apt.
RubenX...I got nothin' on your landlord/lease issues, but in a lot of places the 'lectric company
does not actually send someone to read the meter every month, so sometimes they just send
out bills based on average usages for several months, and when the meter finally gets read,
you end up with one whopping big bill to bring you back even.
You ought to talk to the power company and express your concerns.
If you want to test to see whether someone else is using your juice, you need to find your
apartment's meter, then turn off everything in your place and go back and see if the meter is
still spinning. As Siu says, it's not all that hard in a shared building to jump into someone else's
power, and it's pretty commonly seen in low rent districts around here.
It's a source of both injury and fires on occasion, but that don't stop the Oklahoma engineers from doing it.
Also common is for someone to jump around a meter, which is pretty dangerous.
Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
My electric is usually about 1000 kWh. I'd say yours sounds high.
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The best test would be to turn off your power at the SE panel, then go to the meter box and observe that there is no draw. If it is drawing, then they are billing you formthe wrong meter. If there are a cluster of meters, then you can figure out which may be the right one at that time as well.
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I wish my bill were that low. Last time I was in an apartment it was less than that, but now I consider myself lucky when it's only twice that (though my bill is gas + electric together).
RubenX, you need to go down to the library and read up on all the landlord/tenant laws in your area. Nolo Press also has some good books on managing these issues as well. One good thing to implement is a file on everything that occurs between you and previous/current landlord. At the beginning of the file, you can clip a ledger to record dates, events and documents executed. Having all the data organized in one place makes plotting the next course much easier as you can see what your options are at a single-glance. Also helps to file lawsuits if necessary.
Don't you have a government tenancy board you can go ask these questions too?
Or what about the real estate agency you signed the lease through?
if some one steals my power ill hook there **** up to 220
lol i dont have 440 guess i can use a neon sign treansformer for around 10 k but id guess it will be to low watttage to hurt anything
Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
Well, check this out. There are 2 paragraphs on the old lease regarding utilities. One clearly states Landlord covers gas and water. But the one about the energy, is worded in a confusing legal lingo and can go either way. The guy at legal aid told me I could try to fight it but, because it is worded in a confusing way, a judge might interpret that I was supposed to pay electricity all the way back from aug 2012. So is better no to risk it and just start paying the electricity from this point on.
Moving? Well, this is the cheapest rent around, even with the changes. The few places that are cheaper are way too ghetto.
So, I gotta suck it up.
PS: Energy company will come to check the AC. Also per the lease, if the AC is to blame for the high usage (dirty core), landlord has to repair.
i'd say thats a pretty good outcome.
As with mud, life, too, slides by.
If I were you Rube Id try to fight it, but remember that a member all ready mentioned that renters protection laws were you live are practically non existent, so think hard on this one...wait...don't think hard, that has gotten you into to much trouble with woman in the past.
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