HELP with my 2 family home

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I recently purchased a two family house, the person living downstairs has been there from the previous owner. The upstairs is vacant. The tenant downstairs says his utilities were included in his rent. As the new owner I have recently found a new tenant for upstairs. I would like to split the utilities between the upstairs and downstairs tenants. Unfortunately the renter downstairs has been having his utilities covered in his rent. What would be a viable solution to having the upstairs tenant and the downstairs tenant split the cost of utilities? I am trying to come up with a solution that makes both tenants happy.

Do you have 2 meters , if so thats simple each pays their own . Now if there is only one you have to figure out a soultion thats fair 

If there is only a single meter for the whole house, take a look into sub-metering units. Its something I looked into for my property to avoid having tenants run up a massive water bill and being able to hold them accountable for it.

Thanks for the help guys been super busy. We decided to adjust the rent accordingly, to fit the needs of the tenants as well as us. If you guys need any help in the future don't hesitate to ask.

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