What department would I get in touch with to find out about local rent control in cities/counties? How about what utilities can be directly charged to tenants? Thanks
Rent control by cities / counties typically can be found by googling it. If you are not sure, you can go on a county's website and search it there. I also don't think that there are rules regarding utility charges. Meaning I don't think that there is a law saying "____________ utility can't be charged directly to tenants." If a property has a separate meter for something, you can charge it to the tenant.
No offense, but that wasn’t helpful. Looking for something beyond that. My knowledge exceeds that answer.