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Re: Who pays electricity for ductless heaters by Anonymous on September 20, 2017 @03:54

Who pays the electric bill if the unit is vacant? It appears you are penny wise but pound foolish. Install individual heating/cooling compressor units and avoid future problems. Good tenants do not like such setups as you propose.

Lets say the tenant whose responsible to pay the bill fails to do so, the power is turned off. The other tenant comes home and finds that every thing in the refrigerator is ruin. How much do you think this possible scenario would cost you? Maybe even a new refrigerator!
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Re: Who pays electricity for ductless heaters by Stephen (Washington (WA)) on September 20, 2017 @14:55 [ Reply ]
Just to clarify, I was not proposing wiring both apartments through one meter. They are currently on separate meters. I was talking about one apartment powering the joint compressor along with the rest of their own apartment.

Analogy: Think of a duplex with a shared garage between them. All the lights for the garage go to the meter of unit #1. Unit #2 has a separate meter for their apartment but none of the garage lights go through that meter. So if unit #1's power gets shut off then the lights in the garage won't work but, other than a dark garage, unit #2 is not impacted.
    Re: Who pays electricity for ductless heaters by Alex on September 21, 2017 @06:52 [ Reply ]
    "other than a dark garage, unit #2 is not impacted"

    Well, your reasoning is flawed, as your state law states that a landlord may not turnoff-interfere-or disrupt the tenants utilities except when carrying out work. The state places a fine of $100 per day for landlords who violate the law, plus tenant damages and attorney fees. Separate utilities are the right solution. If the utility is off due to non payment or vacancy, no other tenant is affected. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It's easier to prevent problems than to cure them!

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