I have a 2 unit building with 2 HVAC systems and tenants pay electric and gas. How do I pull out the utilities for the common areas (basement, garage, staircase/entry) so I, as the landlord can pay those?
Yes, own meters for each unit. Currently, the 1st unit is being charged for gas/electric of the common areas. I'm looking to remedy that. Thank you for your imput. I was thinking submetering as well. The basement is heated, but I need to check there may not be ducts to the entry, as you said.
@Sara Byerly I agree with @Marc Izquierdo that you should do ratio billing for the common area. I think submetering the common area on a two unit property would be to cost prohibitive. If you are to submeter the common area then you would have to get new HVAC systems or you would have zone them somehow.
You will need to install a house electric meter. The property would then have a 3 meter service. If there is heat element in common areas, that common area would be associated with that respective unit's utilities. For electrical, you would be able to have a house meter and pay for that yourself.