Sorry this may be a little lengthy. I'm a Michigan resident currently renting a small one bedroom apartment (I use very few lights and keep the heat to 65 degrees). Winter came so i began using my gas furnace for one month with no problems (utility bill about $70). Then the furnace broke so maintainance came to fix it, the next month my bill was over $150 (mostly from gas useage), so i called the property management company and a different maintainence person came out and said the first repair was done incorrectly. I reluctantly paid the $150, happy that this was behind me. But I just got the bill for this month and the utility bill was $440 (Gas $110 and electric $330). I called the property management place again and they agreed to send someone else out to see what the issue is. The person they sent out simply left me a note that the bill reflected utilities prior to their most recent repair, which it doesn't.
Is this right for them to do? I can't afford, nor do I feel I should pay $440 per month to be cold and in a dark apartment. For comparison, my next door neighbor keeps his apartment at 75 degrees and he only paid $80 last month.