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    Question Installing electricity meter

    I live in the upstairs apartment of a duplex. We only have one meter though. Got the first bill today, $2700DP. The bill was for October 8 - November 8. I just moved in on October 23. The landlord says I need to pay $2100DP. Which I will not. I will pay for 1/4 of the bill though. My question is, Is it possible to get a meter just for my apartment? Is that a costly venture?

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    It's possible, but will the landlord allow it?

    EdeNorte charges about $1,400 pesos for a new account.

    Plus the cost of separating the lines so the electric company has somewhere that they can connect the meter.

    That would be your expense to get someone to do the line separation.

    And that may not be possible depending on how the apartment was wired when it was built. Dominican electricians take the easiest route to wiring a house/apartment. You may need to install a separate electrical panel if you do not already have one. The wiring may be intertwined, connected with other units/rooms, etc.

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    Look for another apartment with a separate meter and move........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea Duguay View Post
    Got the first bill today, $2700DP. The bill was for October 8 - November 8.
    That bill is a month old, the November - December bill should already be available.

    We get ours the day after the reading.

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    I have an electrical panel in my apartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea Duguay View Post
    I live in the upstairs apartment of a duplex. We only have one meter though. Got the first bill today, $2700DP. The bill was for October 8 - November 8. I just moved in on October 23. The landlord says I need to pay $2100DP. Which I will not. I will pay for 1/4 of the bill though. My question is, Is it possible to get a meter just for my apartment? Is that a costly venture?
    That price is very cheap but it sounds like the landlord is trying to take advantage of you. Write down the pro-rated amount you will pay with a breakdown of how you reached that amount and give it to him with your payment. If he can't figure that out than you will have a continuous problem with the electricity payments.

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    I am forever looking for another apartment. Dominicans are really sketchy to rent from. Considering buying my own place but I know that is another headache as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantiagoDR View Post
    That bill is a month old, the November - December bill should already be available.

    We get ours the day after the reading.
    I figured this one was old. I am bringing a copy of it to my lawyer today, who is reviewing the rental contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTSteve View Post
    That price is very cheap but it sounds like the landlord is trying to take advantage of you. Write down the pro-rated amount you will pay with a breakdown of how you reached that amount and give it to him with your payment. If he can't figure that out than you will have a continuous problem with the electricity payments.
    The first apartment I rented was a 3 bedroom with air conditioning in one bedroom. One month electricity was $1000DP. This apartment is 2 bedrooms with air conditioning in one bedroom so I figured the cost would be about the same. Boy was I wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea Duguay View Post
    I figured this one was old. I am bringing a copy of it to my lawyer today, who is reviewing the rental contract.
    If you moved in the last week of Oct. and the bill was until Nov 8th than you owe approximately 50% of that bill which would be around 1350 pesos or 30-35 dollars. That really is cheap.

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