helfer snooterbagon wrote:teaadntoast wrote:DCD wrote:
And if your utilities are actually $200 I would call your landlord or ConEd. There's no reason they should be that high unless the building has some kind of structural problem.
What kind of "structural problem" causes high utilities?
Poor insulation, for one thing. New York landlords are also required to provide adequate heat - and it's illegal for them to pass the cost on to the tenant. If the bill is over $200 in the winter that makes me thinks something is amiss - like that he stuck an electric heater in the room and called it a day, or used shoddy insulation when "renovating" to save money.
If the building is older and the landlord hasn't kept up with maintenance and repairs the wiring could be terrible and appliances hugely inefficient. Nor is it unheard of for people to steal electricity from their neighbors. This is much, much easier if the overall wiring in the building is bad and/or easily accessible to all tenants. Newer buildings keep circuit boxes locked for this reason, but in a subdivided house all you need to do is spend some time in the basement and there you are.
The landlord might also have decided to cut corners and kept the entire building on one meter - though that's rare.