Hey guys I am renting for the first time and now I am having some problems with my Land Lord, was hoping you could give your opinions to if this is reasonable from her or not. This is in California also I changed the names.
I began renting this place on December 17th 2012, the rent is $1300 with all utilities included, it is a monthly lease. It is a large house divided into three sections by closing off hallways, so I live in one section with my GF, the land lord in the other and some other tenants in the other.
Everything was going fine until Feb 12th 2013 rolled along, I received a text message from my land lord saying that we have been using way too much electricity, she said the bill for Dec 10 - Jan 10 was $670 and for Jan 11 - Feb 10 $400 so she said I would have to start paying 1/3 of the electric bill from now on (no separate meters) and that she would send me the next electric bill. I agreed even though no 30 day notice was given. I work from home and the other people are rarely there so it probably was my fault by using the space heater too much.
2 weeks later she sends us the bill for Jan 11 - Feb 10 instead of Feb 11 - March 10 and I ask her why in the text she said she would send the next bill but now she is sending the previous one? I felt this was unfair. After a lot of back and forth e-mails I told her I would pay for the previous bill if that meant she wouldn't ask us to leave and then she got angry and wrote this as her reply.
"Yes I completely understand, this is not my favorite use of time either Tom.
That is fine Tom, you don't have to pay 134 dollars toward a nearly 1200 dollar electric bill I have paid since you guys have been there, and with you being the only ones there full time time during that time.. I was hoping you might just consider that is probably a fair and/or right thing to do based on the circumstances and evidence. I don't want to try and guilt, or beg. I will continue to monitor the electric, and let you know if I can afford for you guys to live there.
So there ya go..
Like you, this is depressing for me as well... :/ I am sure we will figure this out. Thanks for your time. Take care.. Mal"
Well The first bill was $670 and the next one was $400 that is $1070 total not $1200 not sure where she got that number from.
What do you guys think? What am I supposed to do, am I being unreasonable?