Can a business lease include a charge for electricity if there is no meter?

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Can a business lease include a charge for electricity if there is no meter?

My office lease includes a $37 charge for electricity, tho the office in only 300 sq. ft. and has no major appliances. Is this legal?

Asked on January 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If the written commercial lease that you signed with your landlord has a $37.00 per month charge even though there is no designated meter for your square footage, the charge of the $37.00 is allowable.

Many times landlords in commercial leases where there is one meter will simply set a flat fee for utility usage for the tenant. Since you signed a written lease setting forth this specific charge, there is nothing illegal with respect to this flat fee.


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