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


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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