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    LANDLORD CHARGING UTILITIES

    Hi

    my landlord charges us for utilities(electricity & water) as agreed. The utility account comes on the wife's name, however the husband does a calculation & gives it to us to be added to our rent when paying.

    I have noticed that he's been overcharging and have brought it to the notice of both of them who then make up some story.

    I have done a follow up with the municipality and had an accountant look at it who has done a calculation showing them owing me money.

    I need to know what can I do as I don't want them to shut my utilities down

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    What does your lease agreement say with regards to payment of utilities?

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    There is nothing regarding utilities just the amount set for rental.

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    Does your section of the property have its own meter?

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    Only for electricity which shows on the account but there is a meter for water but that was independently put and does not show on the account. It only shows 1 meter reading.

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    Is this a sectional title property or freehold?

    Is the utility account (in the wifes name) a municipal statement or a statement from the body corporate?

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    It's freehold and on the wife's name, however when we have issues she sends her husband to discuss the issues.

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    Demand to see the original municipal invoice and make payment based of that?

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    My landlord is asking a high electricity rate on my meter

    I live in a Garden flat in Riebeeckstad, I pay R4.42 per unit, where the rate is supposed to be R1.80 per unit. I phoned the meter compony Citi'q and asked them a few questions. They told me this rate is too much and the owner should phone them so it can be lowered. Someone told me there is a law that the landlord can't ask more than 10% of the rate ( 1.80 ). what can I do ?

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    As far as I know there should be no markup on utilities unless it was specifically agreed to...

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