I live in an apartment complex, and now the landlord is charging me for water, admin fees, plus trash disposal. My lease stated that they were all included. Can he do this?


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Lynn Blakeman answered

No, your landlord can't start to charge you for things that were not part of your original agreement.

Firstly, politely point out that those things are covered in the agreement and that if he continues to charge you, then you will have no choice but to take him to court.

If he is sensible, he should back down then - but if he doesn't, then get legal advice. The law is on your side, just show your legal advisor the lease agreement.

If you have a Citizen's Advice Bureau where you live, that will be a good place to start. You need to make sure that you can put him in his place legally, at no cost to yourself.

It's terrible that landlords think that they can do anything they like. Lease Agreements are just that, an agreement... and they cannot be changed or amended at will by either party.

Just as there are probably clauses in your contract preventing you from sub-letting his property, the agreement is also in place to protect you. The landlord can't start charging you for things that are meant to be part of your rental agreement.

I hope you get this sorted right away, he needs to be taught a lesson.

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