If my landlord rented an apartment to me that for 2 months did not have a C/O, do I still have to pay for back utility bills?

I was unaware when I moved in that there was no certificate of occupancy until I attempted to put the bills into my name and I was unable to do so. When I asked my landlord about it, he said that he would take care of the bills until he obtained the C/O. However, he later sent me 2 bills (1 including time not even in my lease) and told me I had me pay them. I paid one. He has since sent me another one, but I have refused to pay because I don’t think I should have been having to pay. He is also refusing to pay, so the bill is now accruing late fees which he wants me to pay also.

Asked on November 7, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Oklahoma

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have an oral agreement with your landlord that he or she would pay all the utility bills for the unit you are occupying until a certificate of occupancy is issued for it, then he or she should honor the agreement that was made with you.

Technically the landlord was not allowed to charge you rent let alone collect rent from you during the time period that the unit you were occupying and renting did not have the certificate of occupancy in place. Good luck.


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