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Is gas, heat, water, electricity, trash removal, cable connection for TV, and high speed internet, included in renting an apartment? I mean for the US State of Michigan.

Answer
I'm in California, therefore I am not able to give you a specific answer regarding landlord requirements in Michigan. As a general rule, however, utilities are identified in the lease as either paid by the landlord or by the tenant. Some cities require landlords to pay for utilities that are provided by the city or a government-owned entity. The most common are trash, sewage and water. They do this to guarantee they will get paid if the tenant skips out.
If you are already renting or have been offered housing, check the lease to see what is specifically identified for you or the landlord to pay.
If you are looking for a legal opinion regarding state-mandated services, I recommend consulting with a Michigan real estate broker or attorney.

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John Souerbry

Expertise

Property buy/sell decisions; market rent analysis; cost control/profit improvement; property management procedures; real estate portfolio management; selling real estate held by estates in probate or trust.

Experience

Over seven years specializing in services to investors and estates.

Organizations
National Association of REALTORS(R), California Association of REALTORS(R), Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS(R), Bay East Association of REALTORS(R)

Publications
My web site blog includes current market information and my "Real Estate Jargon" series that explains sometimes-confusing real estate terminology.

Education/Credentials
BS in Business Administration; MBA in Global Management

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