As a sub-metered tenant, you have special utility billing rights.*
- Billing at the same rate(s) as if billed by PG&E.
- Itemization of electricity and/or gas charges with:
- Opening and closing meter readings
- Identification of all rates and quantities attributable to each rate structure block
- Total charge for the billing period
- Name, address and telephone number of the billing agent or company
- Reduction of your bill by the percentage-based on your usage-of any rebate applied to the master-metered (landlord) account during the billing period.
- Conspicuous posting of residential gas and electric rate schedules.
- Landlord retention of all pertinent rate schedules and individual tenant billings for at least 12 month
- Availability of such records at reasonable times for inspection and copying by you and your County Sealer.
- Landlord responsibility for sub-meters, including furnishing, installing, maintaining, repairing, and submitting to the County Department of Weights and Measures (DWM) for accuracy testing.
Additionally, qualifying master-meter landlords who convert to sub-metered service shall revise tenant rental amounts downward to remove energy-related charges for the duration of the lease. This will be done consistent with Public Utilities Code Section 739.5 and Decision 05-05-026.
* Sources include California Public Utilities Code §739.5 and California Code of Regulations §4090. Rights provided by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the County Department of Weights and Measures (DWM) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Not intended to be an exhaustive summary of all sub-metered home issues.