“How common is it in DC for buildings to bill separately for water, sewer, trash, and central boiler?”


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“Dear PoPville,

I am moving into a 1-bedroom apartment next month. When I visited the apartment this summer I was told all utilities are included. When I received my lease, I found out no utilities are included. Plus, I will be billed for water, sewer, trash, and “central boiler”. Water and sewer bills will be billed based on sub meters. (I called DC Water, the building is not sub metered.) Trash and “central boiler” will be billed based on apartment SF and number of occupants. How common is it in DC for buildings to bill separately for water, sewer, trash, and “central boiler”? Is it legal to bill for water and sewer, if units are not sub metered?

FWIW, there are about 200 1- and 2- bedroom units in the circa mid-1980s building. I have asked for an estimate monthly billing for these four utilities.”

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