My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
We have been living in this complex for a little over four years, signed two leases during that time, and now are month to month. Every apartment received a notice today that (although the lease has us responsible only for gas and electricity), we would now be responsible (in 30 days) for water, sewer and trash. Additionally, this will be determined by number of tenants in each unit. The actual notice made no mention of leases or lease modifications, just sort "oh yeah, you'll have to pay for this now...)
This is confusing because:
A. Can they add utilities without modifying the lease? (or does this count as a lease modification?)
B. How are they going to determine these amounts if it's gauged by "number of people living in the apartment"? Seems a bit loosey-goosey to me and a couple of other tenants.