Better yet - Posted by Wayne-NC
Posted by Wayne-NC on June 21, 2007 at 16:28:52:
Do put the utility in your name on the budget plan which is a fixed amount and agree that the rent will be raised accordingly. Or, if you really trust them, they just reimburse you for the budgeted amount each monnth (off lease) and you still claim as an expense deduction on your books. I have successfully done this and it is not exactly above board tax wise, but I made up for it in many other ways. Sometimes as in my case, the tenant couldn’t come up with the new service deposit as I had it for the property. This particular arrangement has been fine for 5 years and counting but don’t go by me. I always seem to find the exceptions to every so called rule.