If I rent a house and there is a granny unit attached that we share all utilities with, is it legal to have shared utilities across tenants with separate leases?

Asked on January 21, 2013 under Real Estate Law, California


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Believe it or not California Code actually addresses this issue.   California Civil Code section 1940.9, shared utilities.  The landlord is required to have you and the other tenant execute a mutual written agreement with the tenant for payment by the tenant of the cost of the gas or electric service provided through the tenant's meter to serve areas outside the tenant’s dwelling unit or make other arrangements in writing as to the matter that is explained in detail in the statute. It is not illegal if properly done.  Good luck.

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