Allocated charges for utility or service provided directly to space or common area
(1) If a written rental agreement so provides, a landlord using the billing method described in ORS 90.532 (Billing methods for utility or service charges) (1)(b) may require a tenant to pay to the landlord a utility or service charge that has been billed by a utility or service provider to the landlord for a utility or service provided directly to the tenant’s space or to a common area available to the tenant as part of the tenancy.
(2) A utility or service charge that is assessed to tenants for the tenants’ spaces under this section must be allocated among the tenants by a method that reasonably apportions the cost among the affected tenants and that is described in the rental agreement. Methods that reasonably apportion the cost among the tenants include, but are not limited to, methods that divide the cost based on the number of occupied spaces in the facility or on the square footage in each dwelling, home or space.
(3) A utility or service charge to be assessed to a tenant for a common area must be described in the written rental agreement separately and distinctly from the utility or service charge for the tenant’s space.
(4) A landlord may not increase the utility or service charge to the tenant by adding any costs of the landlord, such as a handling or administrative charge, other than those costs billed to the landlord by the provider for utilities or services. [2005 c.619 §7]
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