AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE UTILITIES COMMISSION TO ADOPT PROCEDURES THAT ALLOW A LESSOR OF A RESIDENTIAL BUILDING OR COMPLEX HAVING INDIVIDUALLY METERED UNITS FOR ELECTRIC SERVICE IN THE LESSOR'S NAME TO CHARGE FOR THE ACTUAL COSTS OF PROVIDING ELECTRIC SERVICE TO EACH TENANT WHEN THE LESSOR HAS A SEPARATE LEASE FOR EACH BEDROOM IN THE UNIT, AND TO MAKE OTHER CONFORMING CHANGES. Summarized in Daily Bulletin 4/7/11 and 6/8/11. Enacted June 23, 2011. Effective October 1, 2011.
Bill Summaries: S533 INDIVIDUALLY METERED UNITS/TENANTS CHARGED.
Summary date: Jun 30 2011 - View Summary
Summary date: Jun 8 2011 - View Summary
Senate committee substitute reported in on 6/7/11 makes the following changes to first edition: makes conforming changes to GS Chapter 42 regarding summary ejectment proceedings, residential rental agreements, and tenant security deposits. Amends GS 42-26(b) to also provide that an arrears in costs for electric service charged pursuant to new GS 62-110(g1) will not be the basis for termination of a lease; amends GS 42-42.1 to also allow landlords to contract for the payment of electricity services pursuant to new GS 62-110(g1) in a residential rental agreement and to prohibit a landlord from disconnecting service for the failure of a tenant to pay; and amends GS 42-51 to allow security deposits to also be used to cover the cost of the electric service provided in accordance with new GS 62-110(g1). Also amends new GS 62-110(g1)(2) to specify that a lessor who charges for electric service in accordance with the act is responsible for the cost of the electricity to the utility and is the customer of the utility for purposes of compliance with all rules and regulations associated with the provision of electric service to retail customers. Also amends GS 62-110(g1)(6) to require that the Commission approve or disapprove an application to charge for electric service in accordance with the act within 60 days (was, 30 days). Makes a conforming change to the title
Summary date: Apr 7 2011 - View Summary
Amends GS 62-110 to authorize the Public Utilities Commission to adopt procedures consist with the act’s title. The lessor must apportion the electric bill for each unit equally among the tenants in that unit, prorating that apportionment when one tenant has lived in the unit for less time than the other tenants during that billing cycle. Each bill may include an administrative fee up to the amount permitted by the Commission for water service and a late fee in an amount permitted by the Commission. Lessors must maintain and make available to tenants records concerning the allocation of electric bills for at least 36 months. Requires certain information to be included on the individual tenant electric bills, including the electric bill for the entire unit, the amount of that bill allocated to the tenant, the billing period, the past-due date, contact information for the bill, and notice of the tenant’s right to file a complaint with the Commission regarding the bill. Authorizes the commission to develop an application form for lessors wishing to utilize the new billing procedure. Makes corresponding change to GS 143-151.42. Effective October 1, 2011 and applies to leases entered into on or after that date.