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scarfish 04-15-2014 03:59 PM

Am I wrong?
had a pretty heated argument with my landlords. had an agreement with dude downstairs over use of the washing machines. they are hooked up to my utilities. it's an electric dryer and is an energy hog and his wife runs the machines way more than a family of 2 would ever need. the agreement was he is to give me $25 a month for unlimited machine usage. dude didn't pay me at all 2 months ago. last month he paid me in the middle of the month. this month is half over again and still no $25. i can shut the machines off from my apartment and did so. i called the landlords to let them know why they are going to get a call from the guy that the machines don't work. they got pissed at me and said i can't do that. i said yes i can, you can't force a tenant to pay for electrical usage of another tenant.

the building is a 2 family and is wired as an owner occupied multi-family house. they recently bought the place and now rent out both apartments. i lived in apartments long enough that i know in this situation the building should have 2 electric meters for the apartments and a 3rd meter for common areas that the landlord pays. they disagree with that. these are first time landlords. i have to pay for the outside front light, 2 front hallway lights, 2 basement lights, side of house light, back of house light, small water heater for washer, washer and dryer. they are supposed to F'n pay for all that.

long story short i got my rent lowered by $25 and **** head downstairs now has to pay them. my brother is going to lend me the money for the first month rent and security on another apartment and wife and i are now looking. after we move we will give our refunded security from this place back to him. i'm **** outta here.

Gwenhwyfair 04-15-2014 04:52 PM

No, I don't think you're wrong.

The only 20/20 hindsight thing I would say is if two separate tenants are running electric off the same meter the land lords should have maybe put a clause into the leases regarding how the electric costs would be divvied up.

Still that's really, really messy and getting the heck outta there is probably for the best. I had enough trouble with roommates having to deal with people on a separate lease is nuts. Your landlords are going to have a lot of headaches over that.

(Btw friendly tip. Pseudo swearing isn't allowed on this forum re the f word references)

NancyJ 04-15-2014 06:02 PM

Official tip. Now that you know pseudoswearing is not allowed, please read the forum rules at the top of every section (they are the same everywhere) as we do enforce them.

SuperG 04-15-2014 06:06 PM

I'd put a fresh dog turd in the dryer next time the deadbeat is going to use the dryer.....just saying.


Liesje 04-15-2014 08:58 PM

Agree with Gwenhwyfair, I think you're right but personally not a situation I would have agreed with up front.

scarfish 04-16-2014 07:44 AM


Originally Posted by jocoyn (Post 5381097)
Official tip. Now that you know pseudoswearing is not allowed, please read the forum rules at the top of every section (they are the same everywhere) as we do enforce them.

sorry, this is the first time i ever heard that word. i had to google it to see what it meant.

Blanketback 04-16-2014 07:54 AM

Gwen is right, this is going to be a nightmare for the landlord until it's wired properly. If they're plugged into a regular electrical socket, who's to say that the tenants aren't running an extension cord for other uses? I would have done the same thing as you did, BTW.

nktigger99 04-16-2014 08:49 AM

Oh man that is a nightmare....I would be out as soon as you way should you be paying for the outside lights. And the washing machine stuff is reason you should have to take on that expense.

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DonnaKay 04-16-2014 09:01 AM

Is that even legal? I wonder if they are allowed to rent it out like that. Doesn't seem fair.

scarfish 04-16-2014 09:47 AM

i don't think it is legal without some kind of agreement which we did have. but when he stopped paying me $25 a month the deal is out the window. now that i got the rent lowered $25 i feel a little better but still moving 'cause there really is no way to tell how much of my electricity they are using. google tells me it costs up to 2 bucks to run an electric dryer. dudes wife runs the washer on large load and the dryer for the most time , 90 minutes for a load of 2 t-shirts. it's crazy.

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