Are you responsible for paying utilites when it does not state it in your lease agreement?

Asked on September 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A lease is a contract. A tenant is responsible for paying any costs indicated in the lease--but does not have to pay for anything not in it. The landlord may not add additional costs to the tenant, beyond those  in the lease; like any other contract, it can only be changed with the agreement of all parties (tenant and landlord) to it.


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