Is a landlord required to pay for a tenant’s high electric bill if a home’s thermostat goes bad or are they just to repair the thermostat?

If a thermostat goes bad and the landlord pays for the repair and gets a new thermostat, are they required to also pay anything due to the electric bill being higher that normal? Even if there is no way to tell what the electric bill would have been?

Asked on July 23, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You are correct that from the circumstances that you have written about that there would have been no way to ascertain what your electric bill would have been. One option to help you is to take an average of your electric bill for several months where you can ask for the amount above the average.

In all likelihood, your landlord is solely responsible for just replacing the thermostat. However, it would not hurt to ask for some contribution for the high electric bill.

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