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Jake I.
  • San Antonio, TX
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Question About Utilities

Jake I.
  • San Antonio, TX
Posted Jan 6 2016, 10:33

I see on most of the Bigger Pockets blogs, podcasts, or webinars that when analyzing a property and its expenses, many times utilities such as water/sewer/garbage, electricity, gas, etc. are thrown into the expense column. My question, is the landlord paying for some or all of these utilities common?

Every place I've ever rented be it a house or apartment, I was always responsible for the utilities. It makes sense to me that I would have the renter responsible for all utilities creating less expenses for myself as a landlord. In my experience it didn't appear that I was getting a deal on rent because I was paying for all my own utilities.

Does it depend on your city, state? Does it depend on the area of town? Is it harder to rent to middle to lower income neighborhoods if you're not paying for those utilities?

I live in San Antonio, Texas and have rented both here and in Tucson, Arizona.

Thanks in advance for all replies.

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