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Who Handles Utilities? A Utah Tenant's Guide to Keeping the Lights On (and Avoiding Bill Shock)

Living in a rental property in Utah comes with a lot of freedom, but it also comes with some responsibilities – especially when it comes to utilities. Knowing who's responsible for what can save you from unexpected bills and keep your living situation smooth. 

Understanding Your Lease Agreement

The first step is to consult your lease agreement. This document outlines the specific responsibilities of both you (the tenant) and your landlord regarding utilities. In Utah, there's no one-size-fits-all answer, so what's included can vary depending on the property and the agreement you signed.

Common Utility Responsibilities in Utah

Here's a breakdown of some common utilities and who is typically responsible in Utah:

  1. Electricity

This often falls on the tenant, so you'll be responsible for setting up an account with the electricity provider and paying the bills directly.

      2. Water & Trash 

These can go either way. Some landlords cover these costs and include them in the rent, while others expect tenants to set up their own accounts and pay them separately.

       3. Gas

Similar to water and trash, gas can be the responsibility of either the landlord or the tenant, depending on the lease agreement.

        4. Internet & Cable

These are typically the responsibility of the tenant. 

Remember, this is just a general guideline. Always double-check your lease agreement to be sure. 

Communication is Key

If there's anything unclear about the utilities in your lease agreement, don't hesitate to reach out to your landlord for clarification. Open communication is key to a smooth rental experience. 

Property Management Can Help

For tenants who may find managing utilities and bills cumbersome, consider renting from a property with professional property management. Property managers can handle setting up utilities in your name, ensuring timely payments, and even negotiating better rates with providers. 

Wolfnest: Your Salt Lake City Property Management Partner

At Wolfnest Property Management, we understand the importance of clear communication and streamlined living for our tenants. Our team of Utah property management experts can help you navigate the world of utilities and ensure a stress-free rental experience.

Contact Wolfnest today to learn more about our Utah property management services and find your perfect rental home!

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