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What is RUBS (Resident Utility Billing System)

Our landlord has requested in her lease that we accept this billing system to determine our W/S/G portion. Our monthly bill will be dependent on the number of people living in this building (currently 12) and billed in advance according to this RUBS System. When is the landlord supposed to take responsibility if the building emptys out. With this system, some poor soul could end up footing 100% of the fixed costs. We had three people move out of the complex this month and our W/S/G bill went up $30 total for (2) people, billed in advance. It might not sound like much but it will bring W/S/G to over $100 for (2) people. No dishwasher, no washer, dryer. Does this sound reasonable?
  • March 23 2011 - Central
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I would not accept it as a condition without a limitation on the total amount of the bill. Your landlord can ask for it, but I would say no. It is a rental not a condo association and you have a right to know within limits what your monthly obligation will be.
  • March 23 2011
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Bs my bill has steadily gone up, now leaks dont get fixed, apartments with not leased guest are permitted to stay, our pool leaked massive amounts of water all summer without being fixed my son who is there on weekends gets bill like a full adult ooccupant so tell me smarty pants how is this fair, owe thats right since you are a landlord it makes good sense.
  • December 11 2014
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Garbage is probably the utility least likely to change with number of occupants.  For that to change they'd have to either reduce the number or size of dumpsters, or their collection frequency.  Not likely to be done right away, particularly if they're passing the cost along.

The others should vary by number of tenants, and only have a relatively small flat fee.
  • November 04 2014
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Does the occupancy factor take small children into consideration? Are is the system assuming an infant will use as much water as a grown adult who may take couple of showers a day?
  • November 04 2014
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Folks - If everyone but you moves out of your apt. building, the utility bill would be a fraction of what it normally is.  

Whether you pay a small percentage of a large bill or a large percentage of a small bill, the numbers will be similar.

Either way, as much as I know we hate to admit it, it is indeed fair.

We can't ask someone else to pay for our cooking gas or water or sewer use...

It also forces us to think about conservation, which is good for the environment overall.





 
  • February 09 2014
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Thank you for the best answer. I really appreciate it!
  • March 27 2011
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Thanks Michelle, but my bill is not determined by my usage, but by the number of people living in my complex. I could conserve like crazy, but my bill still may go up if anyone else moves out. Doesn't sound reasonable to me.
  • March 23 2011
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Unfortunately the time to negotiate this with the landlord is before you sign the least.  If that is how the lease reads, I don't think you would have an argument against it.  The landlord simply wants to assure that the bills get paid even in the event that there are unusual vacancies.  Thank you for sharing though.  I think it will help other renters better understand their lease.
  • March 23 2011
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In order to recover some or all of the rising cost of water, more and more apartments communities are turning to a billing method known as RUBS (Ratio Utility Billing System). There are two reasons why owners are choosing the RUBS method. One is that their apartment community only has one meter to measure the entire usage of the community and there are no individual meters for each unit. The other reason may be that a sub-metering system is giving inaccurate readings, and is too costly to repair. Or, individual meters are too costly to install, sometimes as much as $250 - $300 per unit. A RUBS billing method can be implemented quickly and cost recovery starts within 30 days of the start of the program.

The RUBS billing method involves a fair allocation of utility cost among residents. It can be used to recover water, gas, electricity, trash or any other cost involved in the operation of a property. The calculation is based upon one or more factors such as square footage or number of occupants, along with the total utility bill for the property. The charges to the residents will fluctuate as the total property bill changes each month. An added benefit of this method is that usage normally decreases when residents become responsible for their utility bills.
  • March 23 2011
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