Are Utilities Included??

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Are Utilities Included?


From: jody ]
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2014 6:54 PM
Subject: - $699 / 3br - 3 bedroom, near campus, hospital, and MSTC (Stevens Point, WI)


Are utilities included?


Thank you,




Hi Jody,

Thank you for your interest in our home on Ellis St.

We do not pay our tenants utilities for several reasons.

First, landlords who do pay their tenants utilities need to make up for this wasted expense by raising the rent to a rate that is higher than the rent plus anticipated utilities.

Second and more importantly, it is very bad for the environment when a landlord pays their tenants utilities.

  • Utilities in these homes generally are consumed at a rate significantly higher than homes where tenants pay and ration their own heat, electricity, and water.


  • In the end it is best for our planet and your finances for you to pay your own utilities, as this will give you an incentive to watch your water and electricity usage and keep your heat low in the winter and keep your air conditioning off as much as possible during the summer.


Again, thank you for your inquiry, if you would like to schedule a time to tour this or any other home that we have available for this fall, please let me know.





Stevens Point Properties


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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Bob, We don't pay utilities either except in one of our commercial spaces. It is divided between two tenants and we prorate it. Tenants tend to be watseful when they don't pay the bill.

May 10, 2015 12:19 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Seldom do I see anyone paying utilities...Large apartment compexes maybe and small commercial buildings.

May 10, 2015 12:21 PM #2
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Although we all understand why utilities are not paid by the landlord.... wouldn't a yes or no been sufficient instead of this epistle?

May 10, 2015 12:33 PM #3
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

I smile at the green earth spin, but yes, I've noticed myself.  In those units where I pay the utilities as the landlord, people have a very different sense of appropriate indoor temperatures in the winter and summer than I have in my own home.  I don't freeze or sweat, but I'll walk around in a t-shirt in August rather than December.

Simply an observation I've come to over the years.

May 10, 2015 02:52 PM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Bob -- well I think you have clearly answered this question.   

May 10, 2015 05:37 PM #5
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Wow, a three bedroom for $699!  Tenants here would rejoice!

You answered the utilities question clearly!  There reasons why landlords don't include utilities.

May 10, 2015 07:53 PM #6
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Bob Crane ,  Some people want everything for nothing!  You can't say they didn't try. Some people do that when buying a house.  "Doe the Porsche in the garage go with the house?"

May 11, 2015 12:59 PM #7
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