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Paying for electricity for more than my half of a 2 family house? Can I get out of my lease early?

Posted by mike on April 13, 1999 at 21:04:18:

I live in a small 2 family house in northern NJ. I have been there since last July. Shortly after I moved in a found that I was paying for the electricity for the water pump and furnace that served both sides of the house. I questioned the LL about it and she said that the cost was only nominal, and refused to reduce the rent. My bill is anywhere from $75 to $100 a month and I don't even use many lights and have a gas stove. Now I find out that there are more outlets on the other half of the house that I am paying for because a circuit breaker of mine blew when the other tenant was using her hair dryer! I have no idea how many other outlets I am paying for. I have not yet confronted the LL about this new finding. Also I am buying a house and am supposed to close on 4/30/99, but my lease lasts until 7/15/99. I will be out of the house by 5/30/99 at the latest but my lease says that I have to bay the rent until the end. I also have approx. $2000 security deposit. I want to get out of the lease early and get the deposit back. Can I use the electric thing to my advantage?


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